The phone call that could get Trump impeached

The phone call that could get Trump impeached

It started out like a typical phone call between
two world leaders: “Congratulations on a great victory.” Earlier in the year, Volodymyr Zelensky defeated
the incumbent to become President of Ukraine. And now, his political party had won a majority
in parliament. “We all watched from the United States and
you did a terrific job.” “I would like to confess to you that I had
an opportunity to learn from you. We used quite a few of your skills and knowledge…” But minutes later, this conversation took
a turn with a single line from Trump. “I would like you to do us a favor, though…” What Trump said next — according to a rough
transcript released by the White House — forms the core of the impeachment proceedings against
him. It could end his presidency. Let’s back up a month before the call. Congress had approved $391 million in military
aid to Ukraine to help defend against Russia. But Trump told his staff to withhold that
money… he wanted to talk with Zelensky first. After sharing pleasantries, Trump quickly
changed the subject. He alluded to the billions of dollars in military
aid the US has given Ukraine in the last few years “… the United States has been very very
good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily
because things are happening that are not good but, the United States has been very
very good to Ukraine.” I wouldn’t say it’s reciprocal. In other words, Ukraine owed him something. “Yes you are absolutely right.” Zelensky then told Trump… he’s ready to
cooperate. “I would also like to thank you for your great
support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for
the next steps…” “I would like you to do us a favor though
….” Trump ran through a few requests — and then
he got to this one. “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son,
Let’s pause here. At the time of this call,
Joe Biden was the leading candidate to run against Trump in 2020. Polls from just before the call showed voters
preferred Biden to Trump by a wide margin. When he picked up the phone to call Zelensky,
Joe Biden was a huge threat to Trump’s re-election. That’s why what he said next is so important:
whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great …
if you can look into it … it sounds horrible to me. Trump has this theory about Joe Biden, and
it has to do with his son, Hunter. Back in 2014, Hunter took a cushy job at a
Ukrainian gas company, Burisma. As it turns out, the British were investigating
the owner of this same company for money laundering. And they asked Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Victor
Shokin, to pursue this case. Because investigating corruption… was his
job. But Shokin ignored them. And Burisma’s owner was never prosecuted. It wasn’t the first time Shokin had failed
to investigate corruption. And people in Ukraine were fed up. “Activists, MPs, and ordinary citizens have
come together to demand the resignation of the Prosecutor General, Viktor Shokin.” We don’t even believe that this prosecution
can be reformed because it doesn’t exist!” They weren’t alone. Around the same time as the protests, eight
Senators, including three Republicans, signed a letter calling for “urgent reforms in
the Prosecutor General’s office.” Basically, a bunch of people were pushing
for Shokin to go. Including the Obama administration, who sent
Biden to deal with it: “I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time
to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there
was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in
six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not
getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired.” “Ukraine’s embattled prosecutor general
is no longer in office.” But in the call with the Ukrainian President,
Trump hinted that Shokin was fired for a different reason. “I heard you had a prosecutor who was very
good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. ”
Then Trump explained why he thought Joe Biden might’ve been behind Shokin’s dismissal. “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son,
that Biden stopped the prosecution…Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution
so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.” Alright, so what’s the favor Trump is asking
for here? It looks like he’s asking Zelensky for some
proof that Joe Biden pushed to get Shokin fired to protect Hunter. Which doesn’t even make sense, because Shokin
was fired in part for not investigating Burisma. But if Zeleksky could help Trump make it look
like Biden had done something shady, it could help Trump win re-election. Zelensky agreed. He promised his next prosecutor would look
into this situation. “Thank you Mr. President. Bye-bye.” Several staffers listened in on this phone
call and wrote down what was said. That’s normal. What’s not normal is what happened next. Instead of putting the records of the call
in the normal archive, where more people within the U.S. government would have been able to
see it… Trump’s staffers hid the transcript in a
computer system reserved for classified material, even though this call had no reason to be
classified. Multiple White House officials were worried
the president had crossed a line — and they told a C.I.A. officer, who wrote to Congress: “I have received information from multiple
U.S. Government officials that the President of
the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign
country in the 2020 U.S. election.” Meanwhile, a few weeks later, Trump released
the $391 million in aid to Ukraine. There have been many Trump scandals What’s different about this … is it’s so
simple. President Trump directly asked a foreign leader
to investigate his political opponent. And influence the 2020 election. Then his staff tried to cover it up. It’s a simple phone call. But it could show that Trump is abusing the
office of the president, in an effort to hold onto power. And it could end his Presidency if enough
members of Congress believe it should.


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    To understand exactly how the process of impeachment works, from inquiry to removal, watch our video "How to impeach a president"

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    Ask MiName

    Is there a website that explains exactly what "interference" meens in this situation…is it a very broad term? interference could be anything from having someone killed, or knocking over a vote for Hillary sign on some guys lawn in Ohio. There's a billion different ways some can 'interfere/ tamper' with something…A more specific example would be nice.

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    Leiper Family

    Trump can’t lose period .. get it through your heads , impeachment is never gonna happen..he was born to win just accept it

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    Alfa Jima

    Thank u so much for this video, ive been trying to find out why he was getting impeached but they over explain that stuff thanks

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    K Dawg

    I was a Trump supporter we voted for the wrong businessman last time lets get it right this time and get Andrew Yang in office

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    Oscar Hernandez

    If it was me I would like to know who is corrupt and not it’s called draining the swamp this was nothing about 2020 and why should America be the only country to provide assistance to Ukraine I would do the same and I think any good person would do the same for the good of America and the American people

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    Ryan Fausnaugh

    Let me get this straight….So joe Bidens son was hunting in Russia and trump asked the guy from honey I shrunk the kids to prosecute general victor because he gave the shocker to his wife?

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    Kerone Creary

    So what if Biden was guilty… why is his son working with someone alleged to be involved in money laundering? Is anyone looking into that?

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    King Of Everything

    Ukranian prosecutor got paid off not to investigate Burisma and then Biden made sure he got fired because otherwise it would look suspicious and would enrage the people of Ukraine even more if he stayed on the position while ignoring the corruption. Well thought through by Biden, but someone with a brain can look into it. Also, to those who are questioning Burisma's filth – that's not the point. What Vox and Trump's opposition is saying is he used illegal tools to remain with power, that's why he can possibly get impeached. But then, Joe Biden as well won't get to have the power, cause he'll as well be prosecuted.

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    Andrew Schmidt

    Lol the idea that Biden would beat trump in the general is laughable. Trump wants Biden to be his opponent because he is a senile old man.

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    RickyDale Brown

    Background information that is not well known to most US Americans is that Ukraine had surrendered nuclear missles left from the USSR collapse because of assurrances by the US and NATO for support against Russia. To unilaterally withhold Congressionally (bipartisan) approved deliveries of missles by a megalomaniac is precisely why our founding fathers created Impeachment and removal from office for high crimes and misdemeanors – and there certainly was a quid pro quo although that is not even required for impeachment but is in itself an abuse of power.

    On a side note it will be interesting to learn the decision of the Supreme Court regarding Trump's efforts to end "Obama Care" and deport the recipients.

    AHO! Bless

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    Sergo Pedro Khoch

    ok here is the unfold – $400 million that allocated to Ukraine Democrats are attempting to get money back via Biden's son and corrupter Ukrainian government and fule the next democratic election as Democrats broke as a joke, Trump on the other hand already has $350 million to spend on the next election, so Democrats have no chance to compete. Trump knows the plan so he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate, so Trump does not what this $400 million to end up in the Democratic election pool. Democrats have no other options as to press for Trump's impeachment so as they know that

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    Tom B

    If you actually think Biden would beat trump, you probably think Hillary would win if she had another shot.

    This call doesn’t do it for me, just seems like typical international diplomacy.

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    Tee Tee

    Millions of dollars for war but we have people in poverty, bs😂 it's like your parents who lie to you about not having any money cause they wanna go out🤦🏾‍♀️

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    Jerry Dalrymple

    Dems will vote and impeach Trump because they are majority of the house and will get 2/3 votes. It will go to trial and there won't be enough evidence to convict Trump so he will be acquitted. It doesn't matter what Trump did, the Dems can impeach him for anything because they have Majority

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    Chance Masters

    Not one Senate republican will vote for impeachment. This will also backfire and he will be Re-elected and possibly in a landslide

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    deee 327

    It would really be ironic if trying to prevent your corrupt adversary from running against you in the election gets yourself kicked out for corruption…

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    Chaz Brand

    Keep reaching libs…. wasting tax dollars instead of doing some good and finding common ground… can’t wait for another four years of our president. Thanks to the libs!

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    Aj parker

    You realize that you left out an extreme amount of context in the President's conversation when making this video. You cherry picked a few sentences out of several pages. I paused the video and read those pages. You are a disgrace to this country.

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    Fella Einstein

    He's actually doing what's best for the United States, whether it benefits Trump is just a side effect. America should get something for it's foreign aid, it's like an investment.

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    Waldo Chavez

    AH, great explination, i didnt know this had happened, what is his defense team saying? or can they justify this call as a misinterpretation, maybe this only had to do with mr biden's son alone and it got blown out of proportion.

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    Joey Ohalloran

    The Bidens used their powerful positions for profit..

    democrats: we must impeach president trump 🤦🏼‍♂️

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    Joshua Salem

    I’m sorry, “Biden could beat Trump?” He may be ahead in polls, but polls don’t matter, the rust belt matters because of the electoral college, and Biden isn’t popular there. Also Biden is literally Hillary Clinton 2.0. Both did corrupt things that Trump called crimes even if they aren’t, but Americans believed him. Ukraine to Biden is what emails are the Clinton

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    Mr E

    Trump is aware that a president can only stay in office for two terms of 4 years each right?
    Why is he trying to hold on to power so much? He can't be president forever
    Simply put: he's delusional

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    The witnesses Adam Schiff our forward proved that there was no connection or conditionality. Not a Trump lover here, but that’s the truth.

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    Quirky Quips

    Please ads on the ten counts of obstruction of justice, emoluments, intimidation of a witness, why is he STILL hiding his taxes? The bleach & soap smell gives it away.

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    SUS a.k.a. Pink Guy

    "here's a little lesson in trickery! This is going down in History, *We ArE NuMbEr oNe*" pls get this refernce. 🙂

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    Punch Aim

    so he is getting impeached for investing a crime? Ok media good job turning it into a look into your political opponent EVEN THOUGH HILARY DID THAT TO TRUMP A THOUSAND TIMES AND SHE LOOKED INTO NOTHING ILLEGAL JUST PEER DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER WHILE TRUMP IS LOOKING INTO A CRIME!!!

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    checkbord spy

    Obama starts sending more money to Ukraine.
    Bidens son gets an incredibly overpaid job at a Ukrainian oil company.
    the guy who starts prosecuting that company for corruption gets fired
    prosecution then finds nothing.
    trump asks the Ukrainian govt to look into it to "influence the election".
    american judge : why its obvoisly trump who is corrupt.
    moral of the story: you can get away with anything if your running for president"

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    Sir Moessi

    He won't get impeach, for one simple reason, the people of the U.S. hates mexicans so much they Will do everything to keep him in power and complete it's promise that for us is a demonstration of hate,envy, and humiliation, Even though it's very unlikely, I think the USA is capable of doing anything no Matter ir it's positive or negative for others.

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    Kyle Gattshall

    " Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you could look into it.. It sounds horrible to me." Make sure you get the whole line in there. The theory Trump had isn't one he made up. Its something that Biden bragged about doing publicly while his son was on the board of the company being investigated.

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    The Almighty2004

    He made a phone call based on a crime the Bidens had committed, not him. He was just looking for some answers, but he didn’t get them. This is just like what happened with Russia. He didn’t do anything, he just wanted Hillary’s 33,000 emails released and deleted. The fact is Democrats accuse Trump, for investigating a crime, that he didn’t even do, and so they say it was cheating, but Putin had an opinion, of couse. He liked Trump better. Also, no Russian voted for Trump, meaning that it was all made up, completely.

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