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BREAKING: Trump explicitly asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden, saying it "would be great," according to a transcript of the July call.

Here are five key moments from the call likely to fuel the impeachment investigation.
NEW: DOJ explored whether Trump's call with the Ukrainian president would merit a criminal investigation into campaign finance violations. They concluded it would not — that there was no "thing of value" that could be quantified, per senior DOJ official buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
The White House has released the transcript, so you can read the whole thing. We've linked to it here: buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
Trump's first request that the Ukrainian president do a "favor" and investigate the the Russia probe came right after the Ukrainian leader thanked Trump for the US' defense support and said they were "almost ready" to buy more US military tech buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
Trump then brought up the "other thing" — aka Joe Biden. Trump referred to unsubstantiated allegations that Biden tried to interfere in a Ukrainian investigation: "...whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great."
There was also a lot of talk about having Zelensky talk to Rudy Giuliani, who is Trump's personal lawyer and is not a diplomat or government official — Trump said he wanted Zelensky to talk to Giuliani because he "very much knows what's happening" buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
We also got a little emoluments-related action in the Trump-Zelensky call — Zelensky made a point of telling Trump that he'd stayed at one of Trump's properties during his last visit to NY. Perhaps we might see that brought up as those cases proceed buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
What we don't have yet are documents related to the original whistleblower complaint that got all this started — a senior DOJ official said that's in the process of being declassified by the White House for release buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
One thing to note: The text of Trump's call with Zelensky is styled as a transcript, and that's what we've called it. There is a warning at the bottom that it's not "verbatim" and that staff are assigned to listen and memorialize the convo in real-time buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
Asked if there was an audio recording of the Trump-Zelensky call, senior DOJ officials referred the Q to the White House (see: buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…) Here's what the admin is saying:
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