DOJ declined to investigate Trump Ukraine call

The Department of Justice declined to pursue an investigation into whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky violated campaign finance law, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

The decision came after a whistleblower complaint to the intelligence community's inspector general. That complaint was later sent to the Justice Department in August.


The whistleblower complaint is at the center of an impeachment inquiry launched Tuesday by House Democrats who want to know whether Trump pressured Ukraine's leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? MORE, as well as whether aid to Ukraine was held up as part of that campaign.

Trump has denied those allegations.

The whistleblower complaint has not been seen by Congress, and it is not clear what allegations it makes beyond the question about a possible campaign finance violation. 

"Relying on established procedures set forth in the Justice Manual, the Department’s Criminal Division reviewed the official record of the call and determined, based on the facts and applicable law, that there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted," Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

"All relevant components of the Department agreed with this legal conclusion, and the Department has concluded the matter," she added.

The White House on Wednesday released a partial transcript of the July 25 call between Zelensky and Trump. In the call, Trump asked Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Grand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE and expressed hope that he could look into Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

The Justice Department on Wednesday also released an Office of Legal Counsel opinion finding that the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s call was not an “urgent concern” and was not required to be transmitted to congressional intelligence committees.