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Can anyone connect me to a link to Trump saying he asked Ukraine to dig deep and investigate Joe Biden?

Asked by Yellowdog (8503points) 1 week ago

A number of you are saying you saw on the news where Trump admitted publicly to pressuring the new Ukraine president to investigate or dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

Nothing like this is in the actual transcript, so I don’t know why Trump would say this. All links I have seen thus far are saying that Trump’s urging the Ukraine to investigate corruption was in “obvious reference” to Joe Biden for Trump’s political campaign.

I’d just like to see some video footage where Trump actually says this.

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JeSuisRickSpringfield's avatar

President Trump hasn’t said the words “I pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky into investigation Joe Biden.” So if that’s what you’re looking for, you aren’t going to find it. What I’m guessing people are talking about are statements in which the president implicitly admits to asking for compromising information about Joe Biden. This matters because it is illegal under US federal law to ask any citizen or government of a foreign nation for help winning an election. With that in mind, here are two statements that have been interpreted as Trump admitting to that crime.

Starting at about thirty seconds into this video from September 20th, Trump says the following:

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory. It was largely corruption—all of the corruption taking place. It was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”

On September 24th, Trump also said the following at the United Nations in response to a question about what he told the Ukrainian president about Joe Biden:

“It’s very important to talk about corruption. If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?”

Trump’s answer does not mention Biden by name since he had already been mentioned in the question itself, but it is another implicit admission that he discussed Biden in connection with the issue of corruption when he spoke to Zelensky.

The first 30 seconds of this video from September 19th also show Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, first denying and then admitting to asking the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Here is how the interview opens:

Cuomo: Did you ask Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?
Giuliani: No, actually I didn’t.

Then, seconds later, this exchange happens:

Cuomo: So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden.
Giuliani: Of course I did!

Giuliani is not Trump, but he is nevertheless relevant since the president indicated that Giuliani is one of the people tasked with following up on the topics discussed with Zelensky. This is despite the fact that Giuliani is Trump's personal lawyer and not an official member of either the administration or the US federal government.

One last thing: the memo released by the White House is not a verbatim transcript of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky. It is a reconstruction of what was said based on a number of sources. The document itself even says so:

“CAUTION: A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty Officers and NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place. A number of factors can affect the accuracy of the record, including poor telecommunications connections and variations in accent and/or interpretation.”

chyna's avatar

^Great sources! Thank you.

LostInParadise's avatar

The point is that the summary notes released by the White House have Trump requesting that Zelensky investigate Biden. This is not something that Trump is denying. Trump offered assistance from Giuliani and Barr.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@LostInParadise Right it was to gain political advantage over an Presidential opponent, not national security or anything for the USA.

It was personal not a nation to nation conversation, he is still a thug and gangster from forty years ago

SEKA's avatar

IF he’ll cheat once, he’ll cheat twice & since he got away with it twice, he’ll cheat a 3rd time. Just ask Ivana, Marla, & Melania!!! He cheated with Russia for a win in 2016, he’s attempting to cheat with the Ukraine for a win in 2020. What makes anyone think he won’t cheat in a nation to nation conversation given the opportunity???

flutherother's avatar

Trump will never admit to wrongdoing however incriminating the evidence. The way he operates is to attack someone else and hope to deflect the heat.

Yellowdog's avatar

Trump was asking specifically for a server, and something about Crowdstrike, How Joe Biden is involved with that, I really don’t know.

This DEFINITELY involves interference in our 2016 elections. So why is no one asking about the server and Crowdstrike, which was the only thing referenced in the “favor” ?

SEKA's avatar

The transcript of the call released by the White House mentioned NOTHING about a server nor Crowdstrike; however, it did specifically mention Biden and his son

flutherother's avatar

Biden is involved because Trump mentioned him in his conversation with the Ukrainian president. This is what he said:

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

LostInParadise's avatar

@Yellowdog , From the bottom of page 3 to the top of page 4 of the document linked to by @JeSuisRickSpringfield , there is a request by Trump to investigate Biden.

chyna's avatar

@Yellowdog Are you really that dense that even when in print, in a release FROM trump, you still deny he mentions Biden? I’m sorry but you are not helping the “defend trump at all costs” cause, you are just coming off looking like an idiot for not reading or watching what is in front of your nose.

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