Speak Out: Ukraine call

President Donald Trump repeatedly prodded Ukraine’s new leader to work with the U.S. attorney general and lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript summarizing the call released Wednesday.

In the call, Trump raised allegations, without citing any evidence, that the former vice president sought to interfere with a Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation of his son Hunter.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that,” Trump said to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

• There doesn’t have to be any GOP spin. The transcript speaks for itself. No crime committed. If Democrats wish to pursue impeachment since they have been talking about it since before Trump was President then go right ahead but Democrats would basically be shooting themselves in the foot by doing so. — Shawn Knox

• Bottom line is hatred spewed every day by the left is reactive in its substance. The opposite is being proactive in substance. The latter is the “Heart of America’s” mindset. We do not react based on emotion, we react first by weighing all the pros and cons. In the end, we want what’s best for America first. Our president is speaking directly to the American people how he prioritizes and fights for us first and foremost! We don’t react because we’re continually mad or upset DJT is their President! — Frank L Makray

• The Democratic Party establishment is trying to torpedo Biden’s candidacy — which they know can’t win against Trump — and get him to withdraw from the race. That’s who is behind all of this, and that will be the only meaningful consequence of all of this. Terribly conspiratorial, I know, but all of the evidence points to that conclusion. All of it. — John Daliani

• “I would like you to do us a favor…” I’m sure all truthful and honest people start a conversation that way. — Merv Sparks

• Is it not the president’s sworn responsibility to investigate crime? If Don Jr. had come home with his father from an overseas trip with a serious monetary gain for a skill he had zero experience in, would the media and the House have blood issuing from their eyes in indignation? — Chris Wolfe

• Nothing wrong with what he did. He wouldn’t be releasing the conversation voluntarily if he had anything to hide. That’s what honest people do, freely give up info.— Christopher Dunion

• Talk about white privilege. The Biden family are members of Delaware’s wealthy, entitled class. None of them can do any wrong in the eyes of the local electorate or the local newspapers. And I’m sure that Hunter Biden’s resume qualifies him for board membership in many foreign countries — Venezuela, Somalia and Albania come to mind. — Bob D. Hartman

• My take away was the amount of praise for the help Trump gave this president for their similar elections. I wonder who took Cambridge Analytica’s place in that market? The promise to purchase more Javilen missiles specifically. Trump owns stock in Raytheon, the missile manufacturers. The inference is that the previous ambassador to the United States from the Ukraine is going to have difficult times. And why would the president of the United States need to have a foreign country investigate something when the United States has the best intelligence agencies in the world? Seems like someone is trying to manufacture something. — Dennis Norwood

• You all keep taking the same page from this president’s playbook. Play the victim, and shout it from the top of your lungs that he did nothing wrong. It seems like you all try to convince yourselves he does nothing wrong. If it makes you feel better, go for it. — Brendan Warner

• All I see is Trump asking about corruption. As the president I feel he has this right. If the Democrats suspected him of doing what Biden and his son did, everyone from Pelosi to the copy boy would have been making calls. This is more overblown, corrupt BS from the Democrats. More waste of taxpayer money that could be being used to solves internal issues in this country. — Lisa Garber

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