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The ABC News scoop that a Biden probe was a precondition for a call between Trump and Zelensky seems to be falling apart; UPDATE: ABC News issues (partial) correction

UPDATE 10:32 a.m. ABC News has issued a partial correction to its story:

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But as you see in our original post, journos are reporting that ABC News is misquoting Leshchenko.

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Original Post.

ABC News reported last night that Serhiy Leshchenko, “an adviser to” Ukrainian President Zelensky, said it was understood by Ukrainian officials that a “discussion of Biden probe was a condition for” any phone call with President Trump:

From ABC News:

“It was clear that [President Donald] Trump will only have communications if they will discuss the Biden case,” said Serhiy Leshchenko, an anti-corruption advocate and former member of Ukraine’s Parliament, who had been a former adviser to Zelenskiy but has recently been distanced from the administration. “This issue was raised many times. I know that Ukrainian officials understood.”

But experts are warning to not “take this as the gospel truth.” From Nina Jankowicz, The Wilson Center:

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And The Economist’s Arkady Ostrovsky points out that he’s a former adviser, something which ABC News gets wrong in its tweet but correct in the body of the article. Former adviser vs. current adviser is a big difference:

And Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Christopher Miller says Leshchenko “DID NOT tell ABC insistence for leaders to discuss Biden probe was precondition for call”:

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According to the BBC’s Jonah Fisher, he learned of this through media reports:

FFS, media. We’re talking impeachment here and you guys can’t get this one right?

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated. 

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