President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied claims that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate leading Democrats as a “favor” to him when they engaged in a call last summer.
The call is part of the whistleblower’s complaint that was released this week alleging that Trump may have abused his presidential powers by seeking help from a foreign government to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The White House, with Trump’s approval, released a five-page memo of the call on Wednesday morning. The memo confirmed that Trump requested Zelenskiy to open a potential corruption investigation into the Bidens.
While speaking at a press conference at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, Trump defended his July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, saying he agreed to release the memo because “he was getting fake news”. He also promised to release documents detailing another call with Zelenskiy that was made before the July 25 call and communication between Vice President Mike Pence and Ukraine.
President Trump spoke as lawmakers on the House and Senate Intelligence committees privately viewed the whistleblower’s complaint on Capitol Hill.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is scheduled to publicly testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning concerning the whistleblower complaint.