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President Trump speaks with Ukrainian president

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he spoke to Ukraine’s new president about his summer election and the fact that “we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son” contributing to corruption already happening in the Eastern European nation.

He discussed Joe Biden in a phone call with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, seemingly confirming reports that he discussed a potential investigation into a domestic political opponent with a foreign leader.

The president’s admission about his conversation about Biden with the current Ukrainian president is an extraordinary development in the unfolding dispute over a whistleblower complaint by a member of the intelligence community. The administration has refused to provide the complaint to Congress, but details about its contents have slowly emerged over the past week.

The president has described the whistleblower as a “partisan” but has acknowledged not knowing the identity of the intelligence official who lodged a formal complaint against him with the inspector general for the intelligence community.

The president also seemed to suggest that his assurances that he behaved appropriately during the call should be enough to satisfy critics.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded the administration provide the complaint to lawmakers, warning of a “grave new chapter of lawlessness” in a letter to congressional colleagues on Sunday. She called the standoff “an emergency that must be addressed immediately.”

A person familiar with the matter has told The Associated Press that Trump urged Zelenskiy to investigate Hunter Biden, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum. And he’s using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me,” Biden said, calling on the president to release the transcript of the July call with Zelensky.

On Sunday, the president also brought up that the former vice president threatened to withhold funding from the country if it didn’t remove Shokin. Mr Trump referred to “what [Biden] said about the billions of dollars that he wouldn’t give them unless they fired the prosecutor and then he bragged about how they fired the prosecutor and they got the money.”

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