US President Donald Trump requested his Ukrainian counterpart start an investigation into Joe Biden, the summary of a White House phone call has shown. Trump also said Germany “does almost nothing” to help Ukraine.
US President Donald Trump repeatedly pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to work with Rudy Giuliani and the US attorney general to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden, according to a memo summarizing a July call between the two leaders released by the White House on Wednesday.
“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,” Trump said, according to the five-page summary.
Trump said there was “no quid pro quo” in the call and denied any wrongdoing. Zelenskiy said Wednesday that “nobody pushed me,” adding that the two leaders just “had a good phone call.”
Critics accused Trump of holding back military aid to Ukraine unless it launched the investigation into Biden. Zelenskiy had voiced an interest in purchasing further US weaponry prior to Trump turning the conversation in the direction of Ukraine’s judiciary.
The implication that Trump may have asked a foreign government to help his re-election campaign by investigating a possible rival pushed members of the US Democratic Party to start an impeachment inquiry against the president.