The Washington Post initially wrote, referring to two former officials familiar with the matter, that it was not clear at first what foreign leader Trump was talking to and what he had promised. They spoke over the phone.
Last night, the Washington Post announced that Trump's pledge concerns Ukraine.
Two and a half weeks before the whistleblower's complaint, Trump spoke to Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, the Washington Post reported. Democrats in the House of Representatives announced last week that they are investigating the role of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to influence the Ukrainian government to facilitate Trump's re-election campaign.
A Washington Post editorial said on September 5 that Trump would withhold military aid to Ukraine to force Ukraine to open an investigation into former US Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his last son, Hunter Biden, who is on the board of the Ukrainian gas company.
US Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson ruled that the complaint was credible and sufficiently worrying to be considered an urgent issue that required congressional oversight committees to be informed, the Washington Post reported.