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Trump presses Democrats to interview Biden

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Published on September 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:38s

Trump presses Democrats to interview Biden

U.S. President Donald Trump promised reporters Wednesday during a press conference at the end of his stay in New York that he would release more transcripts of more calls.

He then accused the press of being fake news.

Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Trump presses Democrats to interview Biden

President Trump says he released the memo on the call because he was getting such fake news about his conversations with the Ukrainian president, when it was such an innocent call.

He answered questions about the call and impeachment during a press conference to mark the end of his stay in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine's president to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in coordination with the U.S. attorney general and Trump's personal lawyer, according to a summary of a momentous telephone call released by the Trump administration on Wednesday.

The official account of the half-hour July call laid bare an astonishing exchange of requests, pledges and ingratiation, including some unrelated to Biden, such as when Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelenskiy "to do us a favor" involving a controversy arising from the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

The summary was released a day after House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Democratic-led chamber was launching an official impeachment inquiry, setting up a dramatic political showdown that threatens Trump's presidency as he campaigns for re-election in 2020.

The details of the July 25 call drew furious reactions from Democrats, who accused Trump of soliciting Ukraine's help to smear Biden, the front-runner among Democratic candidates seeking to challenge the Republican president next year.

The call occurred after Trump had ordered a freeze of nearly $400 million in American aid to Ukraine, which the administration only later released.

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