Biden demanded Trump release transcripts of a call where he reportedly badgered Ukraine's leader to investigate his son 8 times

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  • Joe Biden says Donald Trump must release transcripts from a call where he reportedly pestered Ukraine's leader to investigate his son.
  • Trump is accused of asking Vladimir Zelensky to probe Hunter Biden at least eight times during a July 25 call, multiple US news outlets reported, citing intelligence sources.
  • Biden said late Friday that records of the call must be made available "so that the American people can judge for themselves."
  • Washington's focus is currently glued on a mysterious conversation between Trump and a foreign leader that's reportedly the focus of an August 12 whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence staffer.
  • Trump has defended himself amid the allegations, saying on Friday his conduct with world leaders is "always appropriate."
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Joe Biden says Donald Trump must release transcripts of a call with the president of Ukraine where he reportedly badgered him to probe Biden's son Hunter.

The Democratic Party 2020 candidate issued a statement late Friday demanding the president come clean about the July 25 call with Vladimir Zelensky "so that the American people can judge for themselves."

During the cal Trump pressed Zelensky to probe Hunter Biden, who works for a Ukrainian gas company, at least eight times, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Journal also reported that Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, met top Ukrainian officials including an aide to Zelensky this past summer to discuss an investigation into Biden.

joe and hunter bidenJoe Biden, right, and his son Hunter, left, are seen above in April 2016.Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA

The Washington Post was first to break the news that Trump's contact with a foreign leader was the subject of a whistleblower complaint filed to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) on August 12 by a US intelligence staffer.

Read more: A mysterious exchange between Trump and a foreign leader is Washington's latest obsession. Here's what is actually going on.

Biden also said in the statement on Friday that "there is truly no bottom to President Trump's willingness to abuse his power and abase our country."

Amid widespread criticism the president has defended himself.

Read more: 'DEFCON 1': US officials are rocked by a whistleblower complaint involving Trump's talks with a foreign leader

"I have conversations with many leaders. It's always appropriate. Always appropriate," Trump said on Friday.

"At the highest level always appropriate. And anything I do, I fight for this country."

According to an official statement on Zelensky's website from the time the July 25 call centered around Trump offering his congratulations to Zelensky over his recent election to the presidency.

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