Trump Asked Ukrainian President For 'A Favor' On Biden, DOJ Saw No Wrongdoing
According to a Department of Justice briefing for journalists on the contents of President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukraine’s president, Trump said "a lot of people want to find out" about former Vice President Joe Biden family's dealings with the country — and suggested he get in touch with Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr on the matter.
NPR reported that the official account of the call has Trump saying to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy: "I would like you to do us a favor. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation in Ukraine ... 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."
But upon review, the DOJ found that Trump did not cross the line of legality, saying that based on the evidence, prosecutors "did not and could not make out a criminal campaign finance violation."
Zelenskiy reportedly told Trump that he would be appointing the next prosecutor and "he or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue."
However, NPR noted that the account of Trump’s phone call confirms that the president sought help from a foreign government in smearing his potential political opponent.