Merriam-Webster defines 'transcript' and 'memorandum' after White House releases Ukraine call

Merriam-Webster defines 'transcript' and 'memorandum' after White House releases Ukraine call
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Merriam-Webster defined the words "transcript" and "memorandum" on Twitter following the White House's release of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 


The White House on Wednesday released a document titled "memorandum of telephone conversation" that noted it was not a verbatim transcript. 

Merriam-Webster took to Twitter to clear up the difference between the two words, noting a transcript is "a typed copy of dictated or recorded material" and a memorandum is "an informal report or message."


Although the released memorandum is not verbatim, it reveals that Trump told Zelensky he hoped the Ukrainian president "can look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE's participation in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor. 

The president also suggested Zelensky could work with his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLawyers group calls for Giuliani's suspension from law practice, ethics probe Would Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other MORE, whom Trump said he would have give a call to Zelensky.

The call is reportedly the subject of a whistleblower report the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed and the Trump administration has thus far declined to disclose publicly. 

Democratic lawmakers have been demanding the transcript and report since The Washington Post reported it involved the president's conversation with Zelensky regarding Biden's son.

The controversy has consumed Washington as numerous Democrats called for impeachment proceedings to begin against the president.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday formally launched an impeachment inquiry she had previously rejected.