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A formal investigation into impeachment was launched by Congress while Donald Trump's phone call scandal with the president of the Ukraine deepened.

On Tuesday evening the president said he had authorized the release of the "complete, completely declassified and unmodified" transcript of his phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky in an attempt to calm the political storm.

Critics of the president have accused him of threatening to withhold military aid in Ukraine to force an investigation into corruption allegations against former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.


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Volodymyr Zelensky he finally commented on his phone call with Mr Trump.

Reuters reported that the Ukrainian president joked with New York journalists that only his six-year-old son could pressure him, referring to allegations that Trump was threatening the leader.

"No one can pressure me because I am the president of an independent state," Zelensky said.

"The only person who can put pressure on me … is my son, who is six years old."



Here's something to watch out for today: the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and Mr. Trump is expected to meet face-to-face for the first time at United Nations General Assembly after.

Zelensky avoided commenting on the controversy so far from the call and told Tuesday he expected a "very warm" meeting with the president.

A senior White House official told Axios journalists that Trump will congratulate Zelensky on his electoral victory and his "energy and success" for anti-corruption reform.



Although the report of Mr Trump with Ukraine has attracted attention this month, this story continues to echo for some time.

In May of this year, the president stated that it would be "appropriate" to talk to the attorney general about the opening of an investigation into Biden.

However, as our defense and security editor Kim Sengupta Explained at the time, the evidence for an investigation was weak.



How have they Republicans reacted to the impetus of the Democrats for impeachment?

L & # 39; Official Republican National Committee account e Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, followed Trump's example by describing impeachment as a distraction to the Democrats.

Meantime, Ronna McDaniel, the president of the RNC, invited Biden to release transcripts of his calls with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders while he was vice president.



Global stocks fell overnight after the announcement of a Trump impeachment investigation.

AP reports:

"The German DAX fell 0.7 percent to 12,224.29 and the CAC 40 in Paris lost 0.9 percent to 5,578.02.

"The British FTSE 100 has lost 0.6 percent to 7,249.54.

"Even Wall Street was destined to suffer losses, with future contracts for the industrial average of Dow Jones and the S & P 500 down 0.2 percent."



Here's how the leader 2020 candidates for democratic presidency reacted to the opening of a formal investigation into impeachment:






Trump tried to draw attention to the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president, but the whistleblower complaint could be more important for the survey on impeachment.

Last night, the Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution requesting the release of the complaint to the intelligence committees of the Chamber and the Senate.

As a legal analyst Barb McQuade noted that the complaint could provide a context for the call and provide a better idea of ​​the reasons behind Mr. Trump to withhold military aid to Ukraine.



Here are some fiery tweets of Anthony Scaramucci, former president press secretary.

Scaramucci has become one of Trump's most vocal critics since he left the White House after a week of work as a communications director.

He is saying that the days of the president have been counted for some time and last night, he said that Mr. Trump had "finished".




Mr. Giuliani also had a very heated discussion with another guest on Ingraham's show later in the evening.



Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, had an extraordinary interview on Fox News last night he showed Laura Ingraham a phone he claimed shows that he was sent by the State Department Ukraine.

Giuliani said he spoke only with Ukrainian officials because he was asked by the State Department.

The explosion appears to be a warning to Trump officials who may want to blame him for the scandal.



One of the big questions for Democrats today is this: do Americans support an impeachment investigation?

The good news for Pelosi is that they do it, according to YouGov US, if Trump suspends military aid to Ukraine to stimulate an investigation into Biden and his son.

In that scenario, over half (55 percent) of Americans would have sustained impeachment.

However, the president denies such accusations and it is not clear at this point if the Democrats will be able to prove them.



The president has also published a new set of Facebook ads to create a "defense task force impeachment", according to journalist Judd Legum.

The advertisements ask Trump supporters to defend the "AMERICAN GREAT" by donating money to his campaign.



It will be a busy day. After months of resistance, Nancy Pelosi has finally come out in favor of a survey on impeachment inside, like a bike in place, going from inside to outside: I put my hand inTO my pocket = put my hand in my pocket Donald Trump, triggering a stream of angry and irregular tweets from the president.

Recapitulating what happened from today to tomorrow …

Trump announced that he will release the transcript of his call Ukraine in an attempt to prove that he did not threaten the country's president to investigate his main 2020 rival Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, the informant who reported the call seems to want to testify before the Congress.



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Biden, who is also Trump's main electoral rival for 2020, spoke against the president's "abuse of power" last night and said that if he refused to cooperate in the investigation, he would leave the Congress with "no choice but to start impeachment".

Anthony Scaramucci, former Trump press secretary, said it was "just a matter of time" before the president left.

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