The impeachment trial of President Trump began Jan. 16 with the swearing in of senators and the presentation of the two charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The impeachment charges center on the allegation that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including former vice president Joe Biden.
The House’s impeachment inquiry of President Trump began with two documents: a formal intelligence agency whistleblower complaint and the transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The whistleblower said Trump encouraged the Ukrainian leader to meddle in the 2020 election, an allegation corroborated by a rough transcript of the phone call released Sept. 24 by the White House.
The White House maintains Trump did nothing wrong and has said Democrats are unfairly targeting the president. Written testimony from many witnesses in House hearings and depositions underscore the accusations of the president’s misconduct.
Below are key documents at the center of this evolving story.
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An anonymous intelligence official filed a complaint alleging that “multiple U.S. Government officials” had told him that Trump “is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” The whistleblower said that on a call between Trump and Zelensky — a call that by his own admission the whistleblower did not hear — Trump asked the Ukrainian president to “initiate or continue an investigation” into former vice president and political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter and urged him to speak with his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and Attorney General William P. Barr.
Trump-Zelensky phone call transcript
The White House released an edited transcript of the call between Trump and Zelensky, saying it would prove there was no “quid pro quo.” According to the summary, Zelensky asked Trump for more military aid and Trump said, “I would like you to do us a favor though” and asked for investigations into a conspiracy theory related to a Democratic National Committee server and the unfounded allegation that Biden acted corruptly when he urged Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor.
Examine documents related to the congressional impeachment investigation of President Trump. This page surfaces recently released documents first and will update as additional documents are released.