Washington — Two top American diplomats tried to strike a deal on behalf of US President Donald Trump for Ukraine’s leader to investigate discredited allegations of wrongdoing by Joe Biden and his son in return for improving relations with the US, according to documents released by House Democrats late on Thursday.

Text messages released by three congressional committees show Kurt Volker, the former envoy for Ukraine, co-ordinating with the US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, to help craft a statement for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in early September.

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