READ THE DECLASSIFIED UN-REDACTED TRANSCRIPT OF TRUMP'S CONVERSATION WITH UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT BELOW:
Is this another nothing burger?Who are we to believe–the Democrats'call for impeachment,or the actual recorded phone call?
The Dems know it's take down Trump before he takes them down,but they seem to be doing a nice internal demolition job on their own.They're destroying their own house.
Ukraine call transcript shows Trump sought Biden probe,asked about DNC server–but made no mention of US aid
乌克兰电话记录显示，特朗普寻求拜登调查，询问 DNC 服务器的情况，但没有提及美国的援助
The White House is set to release document showing intel community watchdog found whistleblower had'political bias',John Roberts reports.
The White House on Wednesday released a transcript of President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showing him seeking a review of Biden family dealings in the country–but the document does not show Trump explicitly leveraging military aid as part of a quid-pro-quo,as Democrats have suggested in pressing forward with impeachment.
The document,declassified by Trump a day earlier,indicates the call–which Trump made from the White House residence—took place July 25 from 9:03 a.m.to 9:33 a.m.A notation on the memo says it does not represent a"verbatim transcript"but is based on"notes and recollections"of those listening and memorializing the call.It is still presented in transcript form.
The memo begins with the president congratulating Zelensky on his election victory,before Trump eventually broaches the subject former Vice President Joe Biden and 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 so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,"Trump said in the phone call."Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me."
That refers to Joe Biden,while vice president,urging Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor,Viktor Shokin,while Shokin was investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings—where Hunter Biden was on the board.Biden has maintained that corruption concerns prompted his intervention.
这里指的是副总统乔·拜登(Joe Biden)，他敦促乌克兰解雇最高检察官维克托·肖金(Viktor Shokin)，而肖金则在调查天然气公司 Burisma Holdings——亨特·拜登(Hunter Biden)是该公司董事会成员——。拜登坚持认为，腐败问题促使他进行了干预。
Trump,in the run-up to the transcript's release,was accused by Democrats of essentially pressuring a foreign power to investigate a political opponent,as Biden is now a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
On Monday,it was reported that Trump had even ordered his staff to freeze nearly$400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before the phone call with Zelensky,a detail that fueled impeachment calls leading to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal impeachment inquiry Tuesday.But the call transcript does not include any mention of the aid,as a bargaining chip or otherwise.
周一，有报道称，在与 Zelensky 通电话的前几天，特朗普甚至命令手下冻结了对乌克兰的近4亿美元援助。这一细节促使弹劾通话，导致众议院议长南希·佩洛西(Nancy Pelosi)周二宣布正式弹劾。但是电话记录并没有提到援助，作为谈判的筹码或者其他什么。
In fact,it shows Zelensky telling Trump:"I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense."
The transcript shows Zelensky suggesting to Trump the Biden matter would be looked into by a new prosecutor."He or she will look into the situation specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue,the issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and we will work on the investigation of the case."
The president told Zelensky he wanted his lawyer,Rudy Giuliani,and Attorney General Bill Barr to get involved.
总统告诉 Zelensky，他希望他的律师 Rudy Giuliani 和司法部长 Bill Barr 参与进来。
"I will have Mr.Giuliani give you call and I'm also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom if it.I'm sure you will figure it out,"he said.
A Department of Justice spokeswoman,Kerri Kupec,said in a statement that the attorney general was first notified of the president's conversation with Zelensky several weeks after the call took place"when the Department of Justice learned of a potential referral."
"The president has not spoken with the Attorney General about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son,"Kupec said."The president has not asked the Attorney General to contact Ukraine-on this or any other matter.The attorney general has not communicated with Ukraine–on this or any other subject.Nor has the Attorney General discussed this matter,or anything related to Ukraine,with Rudy Giuliani."
Before the transcript was released,Democrats accused Trump of improperly using his office to pressure another country to investigate one of his chief Democratic rivals.Hogan Gidley,a White House spokesman,said during an appearance on Fox News:"There was no pressure.There was no quid pro quo."
在文字记录公布之前，民主党人指责特朗普不正当地利用自己的办公室向另一个国家施压，要求调查他的主要民主党对手之一。白宫发言人霍根·吉德利(Hogan Gidley)在接受福克斯新闻(Fox News)采访时表示:"没有压力。没有什么交换条件。"
Trump has denied wrongdoing and has repeatedly referred to the impeachment push as a partisan"witchhunt."
"Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President?They should,a perfect call–got them by surprise!"the president tweeted Wednesday.
"Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President?They should,a perfect call–got them by surprise!"
The Trump-Zelensky conversation led to a whistleblower complaint against the president,provoking an avalanche of impeachment calls from Democrats.特朗普和泽伦斯基的谈话引发了对总统的举报，激起了民主党人铺天盖地的弹劾呼声
But the Justice Department–in a new letter from the Office of Legal Counsel obtained by Fox News—is pushing back on the claim that the whistleblower brought out something of"urgent concern"that would have to be turned over to Congress.
"For the reasons set forth above,we conclude that the complaint submitted to the ICIG does not involve an'urgent concern'…"It adds:"As a result,the statute does not require that the DNI transmit the complaint to the intelligence committees."
The DOJ opinion also said the intelligence community inspector general found"some indicia of an arguable political bias on the part of the complainant in favor of a rival political candidate,"but still said the allegations"appeared credible."Fox News previously reported that,according to a source,the individual also did not have"firsthand knowledge"of the phone call.
On Tuesday night,Pelosi–who had resisted calls from the liberal base to pursue articles of impeachment—announced a formal impeachment inquiry against the president.Even without a"quid pro quo"illustrated in the transcript,Democrats are likely to move full speed ahead on impeachment.Wednesday's transcript release is the first time lawmakers have seen exactly what was said in the conversation.
Democrats,though,have said they won't be satisfied with just seeing the transcript and have said they want access to the full whistleblower report.That complaint may soon be turned over,however,as the administration weighs how to handle the document.
The transcript also shows Trump asking for a"favor"in the form of Ukraine providing information about the hacking of the DNC server in 2016.
"I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine,they say Crowdstrike…I guess you have one of your wealthy people…The server,they say Ukraine has it,"Trump said.
Later,Trump is slated to meet with Zelensky,in what will be a high-stakes moment amid the impeachment push,on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.The meeting was previously scheduled,unrelated to the whistleblower allegation,though the two leaders are expected to receive questions from reporters on the matter.
随后，特朗普将在纽约联合国大会(United Nations General Assembly)期间与泽伦斯基会面，这将是弹劾风波中的一个高风险时刻。这次会面是事先安排好的，与告密者电视台的指控无关，不过两位领导人预计会接受记者就此事提问。
Trump then is expected to hold a press conference in New York in the late afternoon,where the impeachment drive is sure to be front and center.
A senior Trump administration official told Fox News that the White House has been working as quickly as it can to release to Congress the whistleblower complaint involving Trump's conversations with the Ukrainian president,as long as it's legally possible.
The White House has maintained that they have nothing to hide and that there has been no wrongdoing.Their general position has been that it will make everything possible available to Congress or the public regarding Trump's call and the complaint to the intelligence community's inspector general.
"The president must be held accountable,"Pelosi said,citing his alleged"betrayal of his oath of office,betrayal of our national security,and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections."
Pelosi and Democrats also allege that the administration violated the law by not turning over a whistleblower complaint concerning Trump's July call.
Fox News'Ed Henry,Jake Gibson,Kevin Corke and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.