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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit 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 BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE and unfounded claims of 2016 Ukrainian election interference. Trump asked that Zelensky coordinate with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump calls into Pennsylvania meeting to renew election claims Watch live: Pennsylvania GOP holds hearing on voter fraud with Giuliani, Trump campaign A way out of Trump's continuing crisis: a President Pence MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day Redeeming justice: the next attorney general 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.