President Trump speaks on impeachment inquiry

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke Wednesday regarding his impeachment inquiry.

4:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the diplomacy he conducted this week is being overshadowed by a conversation in which he urged Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

Trump is telling reporters at a news conference that he met with nearly 20 different world leaders during three days in New York, and signed a partial trade agreement with Japan.

But he says that, instead of covering those topics, journalists choose to waste their time covering “nonsense.”

Trump is referring to reports that he pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate Biden.

The White House has released a rough transcript of the July conversation in which Trump repeatedly asked Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation.

Zelinskiy says no one “pushed” him.

Trump says there was “no push, no pressure, no nothing.”

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3:30 p.m.

House Democrats are weighing the next steps in their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Some lawmakers want to limit the impeachment probe to Trump’s push for Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democrat Joe Biden. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that if the inquiry generates articles of impeachment, they would cover more than just Ukraine. But there’s also discussion of imposing some limits.

A leadership aide said no final decision has been made.

Pelosi’s comments were described by two people familiar with them who were unauthorized to talk about the private meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The talks Wednesday came just a few hours after the White House released transcript notes of a conversation Trump had with Ukraine’s president. Trump says he did not link U.S. aid to Ukraine’s cooperation with the probe of Biden’s family.

–Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick

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2:55 p.m.

Joe Biden says President Donald Trump not only has compromised national security but mounted “a direct attack on the independence” of the Justice Department.

The former vice president made his statement Wednesday in response to the White House releasing a rough transcript of a conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The document shows Trump asking Zelenskiy to “do us a favor” by investigating Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump urged Zelenskiy to talk to Attorney General William Barr about the matter.

Biden says Trump “put personal politics” above U.S. national security interests by soliciting a foreign leader’s help in damaging one of the U.S. president’s domestic political rivals. Biden is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

House Democrats have opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s request.

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