The revelation unravels the whistleblower scandal that enveloped the president this week after the Washington Post reported, "Trump's communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say".
So I don't think Trump can be faulted for urging Ukraine's government to reopen the investigation that Joe Biden says he squashed.
Biden was referring to the phone call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, that took place back in June, but has now become central to the impeach-Trump movement, after being tied to a fresh whistleblower complaint.
Democrats are trying to get the complaint turned over to Congress, with the details still unknown.
Democrats meanwhile stepped up their criticism of the president for what they characterized as an attempt to engage a foreign leader in a scheme to damage the candidacy of Trump's leading rival in the 2020 campaign.
In April of 2014 - the same month that Hunter Biden joined Burisma's board of directors - the government of Valid Britain iced up accounts belonging to the company's founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, below suspicion of money laundering.
'At minimum, Donald Trump should immediately release the transcript of the call in question, so that the American people can judge for themselves, ' Biden said in a statement posted on Twitter on Friday.
Further developments suggest the ongoing whistleblower complaint controversy is directly related to such discussions between the Trump White House and the Ukrainian government.
In an interview with Ukrainian outlet Hromadske, the foreign minister said his country was not interested in taking sides in USA politics, but that Zelenskiy had the right to keep secret the contents of his conversation with Trump. "The Fake News knows this but doesn't want to report!" he said.
A readout of the call put out by the Ukrainian government, which occurred one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress about foreign interference in United States elections, references discussion of investigating corruption, but the White House version makes no mention - saying only that he was congratulating him on his recent election.
It has a new president with no prior political experience.
There has yet to be any evidence of any wrongdoing by Biden or his son regarding Ukraine.
According to The New Yorker, Hunter Biden said he spoke with his father about his business in Ukraine "just once".
The predicament could come to a head on Wednesday, when Trump is to sit down, for the first time, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.
The identity of the whistleblower and the nature of the complaint have not been publicly revealed.
The administration is keeping Congress from even learning what the whistleblower is alleging, but the intelligence community's inspector general said the matter involves the "most significant" responsibilities of intelligence leadership. In letters to the White House and State Department, they added that they were focusing, among other things, on Trump's July 25 phone call with Zelenskiy.
"Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially "heavily populated" call?"
"Trump is doing this because he knows I'll beat him like a drum and he is using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me", he said, growing increasingly irritated.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, pictured during his campaign run, is having a sideline meeting with Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in NY on Wednesday.
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In addition, Brown encourages someone he refers to as "Eric B", to investigate the woman to find out "how broke the girl is". The Patriots said in a statement that "we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time".