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The White House released a reconstructed transcript of President Trump’s phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the leader of Ukraine. In it, Mr. Trump asks for an investigation into Joseph R. Biden Jr., a potential 2020 rival. We consider what that request means for the impeachment inquiry now underway.

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On today’s episode:

  • Michael S. Schmidt, who covers national security and federal investigations for The New York Times.

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President Donald Trump spoke to reporters a day after Democrats in Congress began an impeachment inquiry into his actions, denying that he did anything improper.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

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Michael S. Schmidt contributed reporting.

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