Donald Trump repeatedly urged Ukraine’s new leader to work with Rudy Giuliani and the US attorney general to investigate political rival Joe Biden, according to a memo summarising their phone call.
During the call, the US president raised unsubstantiated allegations that the former vice president and Democrat candidate in the 2020 election sought to interfere with a Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation of his 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,” Mr Trump said to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky .
The 30-minute conversation between the two leaders is one piece of a whistleblower’s complaint, which followed the 25 July call.
The complaint is central to the formal impeachment inquiry launched Tuesday by House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The President: Congratulations on a great victory. We all watched from the United States and you did a terrific job. The way you came from behind, somebody who wasn’t given much of a chance, and you ended up winning easily. It’s a fantastic achievement. Congratulations.
President Zelensky : You are absolutely right Mr President. We did win big and we worked hard for this. We worked a lot but I would like to confess to you that I had an opportunity to learn from you. We used quite a few of your skills and knowledge and were able to use it as an example for our elections and yes it is true that these were unique elections. We were in a unique situation that we were able to achieve a unique success. I’m able to tell you the following; the first time, you called me to congratulate me when I won my presidential election, and the second time you are now calling me when my party won the parliamentary election. I think I should run more often so you can call me more often and we can talk over the phone more often.