Donald Trump appeared to urge Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, transcript shows 2 years ago

Donald Trump appeared to urge Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, transcript shows

The White House have also said that the transcript they released is edited.

On Tuesday night it was announced that the Democratic Party were set to begin impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump.


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said: "The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonourable facts of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections."

Since then, The White House have released an edited transcript of Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“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 is said to have told Zelensky.

“Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”

Although it does confirm that the conversation did take place, it does not offer a great deal of new information, especially given the fact that the conversation quoted in the transcript is not verbatim.

Following its release, Trump has described this process as "the single greatest witch hunt in American history, probably in history."

He maintains that "there was no pressure whatsoever" put on Zelensky, citing "fake news".


The allegations against Trump go as far as claiming that he threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless officials there investigated the former vice-president.

You can read more about Trump's impeachment process here.