In typical dishonest fashion, liberal mainstream media outlets have intentionally misreported the content of the transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in order to make Trump’s actions appear illegal and treasonous.
On this call, Trump asked the Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over shady business dealings with a Ukrainian gas company.
Trump also asked Zelensky for a “favor,” but various left-wing outlets cut out major pieces of the transcript to make it seem like the favor Trump asked for was an investigation into Biden pressuring of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s company in 2016.
That is a lie.
After Trump said “favor,” he asked Zelensky to look into the origins of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, referenced by the term “Crowdstrike.”
“I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it,” the transcript read.
As noted by The Daily Wire, here’s the “favor” Trump actually asked for:
I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the attorney general call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.
Zelensky responded to Trump saying his country would cooperate with the U.S.
Then Trump brought up the prosecutor that Biden helped fire.
Here’s the truth: Trump asked Zelensky for a “favor” by looking into the origins of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The media lied and claimed that Trumps “favor” was that he wanted Zelensky to investigate Biden.
Below are a few examples from the Daily Wire of how the media lied about this:
On CNN, Trump is quoted as saying “I would like you to do us a favor.” The outlet then quotes the section of the transcript relating to Biden, completely ignoring the part about Crowdstrike. Fox News’ Shepard Smith did the same thing, as did MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC’s Katy Tur, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and “The View.”
Print media did no better. The Times’ cover includes the snippet about Trump asking for a favor (highlighted to just before he mentions Crowdstrike), then a snippet about working with Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani (ignoring that it was Zelensky that first mentioned Giuliani), and then the snippet about Biden. The Times at least says Trump “appears to be referring to the 2016 hacking of Democratic Party emails,” but the sections of transcript they highlight are intended to make it appear as though Trump’s “favor” was to ask Zelensky to investigate Biden, which was not the case.
The Post was even worse. On its front cover, the Post highlighted Trump asking for a “favor” and then immediately highlighted the section where he talked about Biden, without any mention of Crowdstrike or the 2016 election.
The White House released a 5-page transcript of the call, which does not mention anything about “quid pro quo” or the U.S. withholding aid to Ukraine if they did not investigate Biden.
It has also been revealed by the Office of Intelligence Community Inspector General that the “whistleblower” who filed the complaint against Trump had a “political bias” in favor of one of Trump’s rivals in the 2020 presidential election.
And, adding even more fuel to the fire, the whistleblower who filed the complaint did not even hear the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.