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What We Know About the Trump-Ukraine Investigation

Much remains unclear, but the latest revelations from U.S. diplomats tend to corroborate the whistleblower’s account of how the Trump team sought to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden.

A selection of text messages released late Thursday night revealed how U.S. State Department officials dangled the promise of a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to encourage Kyiv to open investigations that could aid Trump’s reelection campaign.

The messages, released by the House committees spearheading the impeachment investigation, appear to corroborate the account of the still anonymous whistleblower who touched off the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s alleged efforts to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating the president’s 2020 Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Here is a summary of what is known so far.

How did it start?

Before the scandal burst out into the open two weeks ago, when the that the whistleblower complaint centered on Ukraine, much of the shadow diplomacy carried out by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, was conducted in public view. But

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