November 15, 2019 / 2:18 PM / 24 days ago

White House releases summary of April call with Ukraine's Zelenskiy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a summary of an April phone call in which President Donald Trump congratulated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his election win.

Trump had said repeatedly that Democrats wanted details of his April 21 call with Zelenskiy, but it has never been a focus of the lawmakers leading the impeachment probe of Trump on Capitol Hill.

A separate call between the two leaders on July 25 sparked the impeachment inquiry. Democrats have said Trump abused the power of his office by pressing Zelenskiy to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

They have also accused him of withholding aid to Ukraine to pressure Zelenskiy into launching an investigation. Trump has denied the accusation.

Trump, in the April call, invited Zelenskiy to the White House.

“We’ll have a lot of things to talk about, but we’re with you all the way,” he said according to the memo.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Eric Beech; Editing by Chris Reese

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