PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' goes to Trump's Ukraine whistleblower claims

PolitiFact on Monday said its 2019 “Lie of the Year” is President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE’s claim that the intelligence community whistleblower incorrectly reported his call with the Ukrainian president that is at the center of House Democrats' impeachment efforts.

Trump has claimed more than 80 times that the anonymous whistleblower's complaint was “fake, fraudulent, incorrect, ‘total fiction,’ ‘made up’ and ‘sooo wrong’” since its release, PolitiFact found. 

“This is a very interesting claim for Trump because it is directly undermined by his very own White House partial transcript of the call,” Katie Sanders, the managing editor of PolitiFact, said in a release video.


Both the partial transcript and the complaint show that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE and unfounded claims of 2016 Ukrainian election interference. Trump asked that Zelensky coordinate with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense MORE and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE on those issues.

The whistleblower alleged that Trump made the request to gain an edge in the 2020 election, a claim Trump has strenuously denied.

The House opened its impeachment inquiry in late September after the whistleblower complaint surfaced. 

Two articles of impeachment were approved in the House Judiciary Committee last week and will be voted on by the entire House on Wednesday. If they pass, the president will face a trial in the Senate.