White House releases transcript of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president

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The release of the declassified transcript came after a whistleblower complaint accused him of pressuring the leader of Ukraine to dig up damaging material about political foe Joe Biden’s family

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, Washington.

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(WKBN) – President Donald Trump has released an unredacted transcript of his telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president after calls for his impeachment.

The release of the declassified transcript came after a whistleblower complaint accused him of pressuring the leader of Ukraine to dig up damaging material about political foe Joe Biden’s family.

The transcript details Trump’s conversations with Volodymyr Zelenskyy on July 25, 2019.

In the days before the call, Trump ordered advisers to freeze $400 million in military aid for Ukraine, prompting speculation that he was holding up the money as leverage for information on the Bidens. Trump has denied that charge but acknowledged he blocked the funds.

Of the transcript, Trump tweeted, “You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call.”

You can read it below:

In the call, Trump raised unsubstantiated allegations that Biden sought to interfere with a Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation of the former vice president’s son Hunter.

“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,” Trump said to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The complaint is central to the formal impeachment inquiry launched Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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