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A rough transcript of a telephone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held on July 25, 2019. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

The release of a memo documenting President Donald Trump’s call in late July with the president of Ukraine—“I would like you to do us a favor, though”—has consumed Washington and beyond, as U.S. House Democrats move to impeach the president and his defenders contend there’s nothing nefarious there.

The White House memo, a rough transcript of Trump’s call with Volodymyr Zelensky, showed the president pitching the assistance of U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Rudolph Giuliani, a personal lawyer for Trump, to help the Ukrainian leader investigate Joe Biden’s son.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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Nate Robson

Nate Robson is the executive editor for The National Law Journal. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Nate_Robson1.

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