The White House on Friday released a transcript of President Donald Trump’s first phone call with Ukrainian President-elect Volodomyr Zelensky in an apparent attempt to defend Trump against allegations that he improperly pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, but instead it sparked new allegations that Trump and the White House were not truthful about the contents of the first call.


Trump had promised that he would release the call, which he claimed was more important than the controversial July 25 call where Trump pressured Zelensky into launching an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. He followed through on Friday just as the public impeachment hearing was beginning. But as The Daily Beast noted, the transcript showed that the White House summary of the call that had been released to the public shortly after it took place was “largely fabricated.”

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