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"It was a nothing call": Trump's first reaction to transcript

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Published on September 25, 2019 - Duration: 02:08s

"It was a nothing call": Trump's first reaction to transcript

President Trump insists the transcript of his call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy shows it was a nothing call and he's subject to the greatest witch hunt in history.

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"It was a nothing call": Trump's first reaction to transcript

U.S. President Donald Trump asked Ukraine's president in a July phone call to investigate whether a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, had shut down an investigation into a gas company that employed his son, according to a summary of the call released by the Trump administration on Wednesday.

Setting up a dramatic political showdown that threatens Trump's presidency, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said the Democratic-led chamber was launching an official impeachment inquiry and directed six committees to proceed with investigations of the president's actions.

Democrats have accused Trump, a Republican who is seeking re-election next year, of soliciting Ukraine's help to smear Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, before the 2020 election.

"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 in the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to the summary provided by the Justice Department.

"Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it.

... It sounds horrible to me," Trump said, according to the memo.

The call occurred after Trump had ordered the U.S. government to freeze nearly $400 million in American aid to Ukraine.

The administration later released the aid.

The House inquiry could lead to articles of impeachment in the House that could trigger a trial in the Senate on whether to remove Trump from office.

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