After President Trump promised the transcript of his call with Ukraine's president would show they had a "totally appropriate" conversation, Democrats were stunned to read it for themselves.
The transcript released Wednesday by the White House, which is not a verbatim account of the conversation, shows that Trump pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, referring to this as a "favor" and urging him to do so with Attorney General William Barr.
Politico's Jake Sherman offered a quick read of how Democrats are reacting, writing that they're "absolutely gobsmacked" the White House actually put it out at all.
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Among those sharing that reaction was Jon Favreau, speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, who wrote that the memorandum is "actually much worse for Trump than I thought." He also responded to Sherman's tweet, writing, "My mouth has been hanging open for the last five minutes."
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