Washington has been roiled by revelations about President Trump’s contacts with the Ukrainian president. A whistle-blower complaint alleges that Mr. Trump tried to press Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election by investigating a rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The report prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment inquiry against the president.
Here’s a roundup to help you catch up with the news.
The White House declassified the whistle-blower’s complaint, which also claims that the White House scrambled to “lock down” records of the Ukraine call, in particular the official complete transcript. Read the full text of the complaint.
Mr. Trump brought up the matter with a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday, saying that he wanted to know who had provided information to the whistle-blower and that whoever did so was “close to a spy.” Spies were dealt with differently “in the old days,” he added.
The whistle-blower is said to be a C.I.A. officer who was assigned to work at the White House. His complaint suggests he is a trained analyst with an understanding of Ukrainian politics.
Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, answered questions from the House Intelligence Committee about his handling of the whistle-blower’s complaint and his decision not to forward it to Congress.
Read our live coverage of the day’s developments.
What We Know So Far
Mr. Trump had a phone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in July in which he pressed him to investigate leading Democrats as “a favor.” The call came as Mr. Trump was withholding nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine. In the call, he alluded to the aid, but did not explicitly link his request to unfreezing it.
After news of the whistle-blower’s complaint emerged, the White House released a reconstructed transcript of the conversation.
Republicans have largely stood behind the president, saying the conversation did not amount to a quid pro quo. The right-wing media is defending Mr. Trump, saying he is a victim of disinformation.
We know the whistle-blower’s complaint was forwarded to the Justice Department, which declined to investigate and released a memo detailing its decision. Here are some takeaways from the call record and the Justice Department memo.
Mr. Trump has accused Mr. Biden, without any evidence, of corruption involving his son Hunter Biden’s work for a Ukraine energy company. We examined the allegations.
Full Document: Trump’s Call With the Ukrainian President
Trump is accused of pressing Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
Here’s an explanation of the impeachment process.
Our reporters answered readers’ questions about the unfolding drama.
Mr. Biden and his team are working hard to control the narrative on the news.
Mr. Trump has had a special obsession with Ukraine; he believes it had a role in the origins of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And read more about the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky.
What does this mean for the 2020 race? Voters appear divided on party lines, while candidates fear that a long impeachment saga will suck the oxygen out of their campaigns. But the fight has been used as a fund-raising opportunity for both Democrats and Republicans.
The Times has asked all House members whether they are for or against an impeachment investigation. Here are the results.