The phone call that could get Trump impeached
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The phone call that could get Trump impeached

October 26, 2019

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

  2. I do not see something wrong. He hide a phone call, ok. I do not think that he made it somehow top secret. 5 people were writing it down. It was not even wrong or evil, or was it? He want's to get rid of Biden, makes sense. And Biden lied on TV or am I wrong? Smells fishy to me. Why would he lie? Where is the Vox video, that the US can't have a liar as president?

  3. Watch One America News for honest news. Thank you Mr. President for defending our borders, defending the U.S. Constitution, standing up to china and preventing them from stealing our property, our jobs, our patents, etc, thank you for making us great again, thank you for working for minorities, thank you for working for women and for prison reform, thank you for donating your Presidential salary to worthy causes, thank you for putting pressure on terroristic nations, thank you for your patience and restraint in dealing with rogue nations (and hostile news) and thank you for being an American Patriot.

  4. The irony is that after many offenses on his part which were ignored, the Dems decide to act now, when he's going after one of their own. So.. a complete dereliction of duty for several years, followed by starting impeachment proceedings, seemingly for the explicit purpose of harming a political oponent in the coming election (which is what he is accused of) and not for actually impeaching a corrupt president.

  5. NOPE, NOT TRUE. The theory is Biden demanded bribe in exchange for the 250 million dollar aid to Ukraine to construct their natural gas system, and that Biden's son, will receive a 3 million dollar cut, and he would be appointed as the president of the natural gas company, earning a salary of 50k$ a month. Biden also threatened Ukraine because Shokin was doing an investigation on Hunter's case, Ukraine obliged with Biden's demand and Shokin was relieved of his duty of investigating corruption.

  6. He's the only one who stood up vs. china.. he's securing the boarder for illegal immigration, who can do better? Leave Trump alone 😤

  7. The thing with polls that involve trump, the people that are pro-trump will not openly say for fear of being attacked. The people that vote for trump do so silently and will not comment or participate in polls. The last election proved that.

  8. Inaccurate. Ukraine didn’t owe Trump anything. Apparently the Ukraine owed Biden’s son $600,000 a year 😂😂😂

  9. If getting your son a cushy job at an energy company in the country that you are giving a billion dollars to for energy isn't corruption than neither is the phone call asking about it.

  10. Trump stated he’d like to improve relations with Russia.
    DNC: Russian collusion! Impeach now!
    FBI finds no evidence
    Trump talks to president of Ukraine
    DNC: Ukrainian collision! Impeach now!

  11. When vox highlights the “I would like you to do us a favor though” I paused and read the rest all the way to Biden’s son and past that. Absolutely nothing to do with elections, and no, Biden poses no threat to trump’s re-election. The democrat candidate events have been shocking; they’re all too involved in problems not faced by most Americans and extreme politics.

  12. Does no one see a problem with Joe Biden setting his son up with a 50k a month job at a Ukrainian gas company which was then found to be laundering money ? Where do you think that money was going ?

  13. this is gonna drag out till 2020 and nothing will happen and everybody will forget once election season comes around and if anybody is waiting for pelosi or moscow mitch to actually do anything you can forget that

  14. DemoRats can’t beat him in the polls so they’re going to make up anything to try and defeat him even if they have to lie.

  15. Lies, they know they can't impeach him, dems looking more out of touch with reality all the time, I mean they hate the idea of making america great again, they are traitors to the country.

  16. This to me is so funny!! As a non-american, knowing about your current economic state, everything accomplished without BS since Trump as been elected, the reason why everyone is still crying. It´s beyond me.
    I honestly feel people are not thinking with their brains, they are blatantly following a status quo set by corrupted media.
    I just wished a micro country would be created in North america and put every democrat that believes in anything said by these democratic candidates and live with their policies, manipulation and corruption. I see one moronic thought after the other and these people pet each other on the back, unbelievable.
    Trump will win again and the more you go against him, the more hes going to be victorious.
    These elections will go down in history as the best thing to happen to america also the most despicable attempts to overthrow a thriving sitting president. What a study case…God help us!

  17. I don’t like the guy, but it sounds like a bit of a stretch. A lot of inferences have to be made in order to fit the outlined narrative.

  18. Well, as a foreign bystander, idk whether Trump is good or bad, but he sure is the president with the most drama I've ever seen in my 17 year-old life.

  19. You know this isn't good enough right? You can ask for an investigation from a foreign govt. I don't know why you guys think this is a big deal.

  20. Get him impeached? More like RE-ELECTED! 2020

    Trump cracking down on corruption is an amazing thing! – a lot better than Russia-gate with no evidence at all whatsoever xD

    This one screams Red Flags ‼️‼️❗💥

  21. Then why would they declassify it then? Couldn’t have he just cover it up indefinatly if it was that bad? Sounds to me that nothing really happened!

  22. This video is missing a lot of information about Joe Biden and also the Mueller report of 2016 witchhunt and who was spying and there's more to the story than what is being told here so this video is not true.

  23. I don't think it's going to be one thing. He's proven to be pretty immune to scandals, even when doing and saying horrible things. It's been this way since 2016. It's more likely to be a "straw that broke the camels' back" situation. Eventually the things he does will pile on so high that enough people will turn their backs on him. Whether this will happen soon enough to make an effective difference is a different question, of course.

  24. He asked him to Investigate a crime,,,,,which they are OBLIGATED TO DO. Clinton signed a Treaty with the Ukrain Requiring this Very Thing. Check it out.

  25. When trump WINS the next election by way of votes from the american people, we will KNOW who the minority against him is ! Proving this video DESPERATE with cause , you will be discovered in the shadows when the light comes upon you and there is no shadow left.

  26. So, Trump asked Zelenskyy to investigate and find the TRUTH, and that is an impeachable offense. I guess all of our Presidents should have been impeached.

  27. Until you realize the manuscript was released and that “Whistleblower” was Incorrect, perhaps you should attend some direct research.

  28. Thank you guys so much for breaking this down. Because there are a lot of people who may not understand the news headlines or the importance of everything that's going on. So thank you.

  29. And my friends say that the United States is the backbone of democracies around the world, in reality it’s filled with corruption

  30. Hopefully he won't sqeak his way out of this one. He always seems to slither his way out…IMPEACH this orange guy now. So we can all get back to a little normalcy in the USA….God bless america!!!!!

  31. Well Obama paid a British spy to investigate his opponent, at least President Trump got his information for free. Good businessman if he did it at all at least he didn't spend our money.Oh and to hire a British spy to meddle in our election sure has that foreign interference ring to it at least to me.

  32. If Biden is innocent, then he has nothing to fear?

    Or is the son a democrat beyond investigation?

    I guess they are scared of the truth

  33. Reality is Ukraine President did not know about $391 millions money. There is no "Quid pro quo" because He did not know. Impossible to exist . No "Quid pro quo"!

  34. Oh so this is next russia !!!!
    When donald trump colluded with russians (or so do you say) it is trump's
    fault and when dems colluded with the other gov it is still trumps fault !! 🤐🤐🤐🤐

  35. Theory? Wow…tired of politicians taking money from us and filtering thru other countries to get back in their pockets..that's how they are getting rich! Investigate that!!

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