The Trump administration has released a White House transcript of a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the heart of a whistleblower complaint.
Among other things, the transcript shows Trump discussing former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Here's the 'pressure' Trump put on Zelensky:
"The other thing, There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me."
Earlier in the conversation, Trump says: "I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike ... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation I think you're surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it's very important that you do it if that's possible."
Either the @WSJ report from Saturday that Trump specifically pressured re: Biden 8 times is incorrect or this transcript-style summary of the call elides 7 of the 8 times https://t.co/xoU7r6bxgrhttps://t.co/ljDDcFjllt— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) September 25, 2019
Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President? They should, a perfect call - got them by surprise!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2019
Meanwhile, the left is already taking issue with calling this a 'transcript,' as is it is a "memorandum" - which would suggest it's not a verbatim account of the conversation.
Dear news colleagues: The memo just released is a summary from note takers. It cautions that it is NOT a verbatim transcript of the conversation. So why do stories call it a “transcript”? Accuracy requires a better description.— Kathleen Carroll (@kathleencarrll) September 25, 2019
'Transcript': 🎙 a typed copy of dictated or recorded material— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 25, 2019
'Memorandum': 📝 an informal report or message
Regardless, Trump's odds of impeachment by the end of Trump's first term has taken a precipitous nosedive according over the past 24 hours, since Trump announced that he would release the transcript and whistleblower complaint.
The odds of impeachment by year-end dropped even more dramatically: