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 TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report 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 BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE and unfounded claims of 2016 Ukrainian election interference. Trump asked that Zelensky coordinate with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiNewsmax hires Jenna Ellis, Hogan Gidley as contributors Yang campaign touts donations from 24K individuals, claims new record The wild card that might save Democrats in the midterms MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrFederal judge rules Barr, other officials have qualified immunity from suit over Lafayette Square protests Lieu calls Catholic bishops 'hypocrites' for move to deny Biden communion The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? 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.