Entangled in U.S. scandal, Ukraine's leader speaks at the UN

Zelensky meets Angela Merkel at the sidelines of the UNGA

Zelensky meets Angela Merkel at the sidelines of the UNGA

A former White House senior official concurred there was unlikely to be a recording.

For his part, Biden has denied any wrongdoing by himself or his son.

The transcript would show the call was "totally appropriate", Trump said on Twitter.

As the two presidents met on the sidelines of the General Assembly, Trump said he put "no pressure" on Zelenskiy to look into Biden.

"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 disgusting to me".

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"Today, it depends on everyone here whether there will be life at all", Zelenskiy said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is expected to announce a formal House impeachment inquiry later Tuesday.

Indeed, the context of the transcript shows that although there was no explicit promise made by Trump for aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens, the president did remind Zelensky that the US has been "very. very good" to Ukraine, more so than European countries.

The call begins with Trump congratulating Zelensky on his poll victory, but quickly devolves into the United States president pushing for an investigation of his political rivals and endorsing an apparent conspiracy theory. It was not clear what Ukraine "situation" the president was referring to.

Trump also confirmed that he ordered his staff to freeze almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before the call.

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"Every leader bears his share of responsibility not only for the destiny of his own country but for the whole world", said Zelenskiy, who at one point held up a bullet to decry violence and made references to the classic World War I novels "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "A Farewell to Arms".

"To impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane", Sen. The text, according to the document released by the administration, is the record of the notes and recollections of the officers and National Security Council policy staff "assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form". Schiff noted that after Zelenskiy expressed the need for further weapons, Trump tells him that "he has a favor to ask". He also said of the call that it turned out to be "a nothing call". That's according to a five-page memo summarizing the call.

The whistleblower - a member of the intelligence community - said in their complaint that they had heard the information from "White House officials", but did not have firsthand knowledge of the call, the Justice Department official said.

What's more, this damaging revelation is only a piece of a larger puzzle - and the emerging picture may yet look worse once if we see the complaint from the intelligence community's whistleblower.

Earlier, Pelosi tweeted a short clip in which she said that a president asking foreign governments to "investigate a political opponent" (in this case Joe Biden) was "not right".

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