On two more occasions during that conversation, Trump said he'd get in touch with Zelensky to look into the Biden thing.
Which is problematic, given that Trump is seemingly putting America's attorney general in charge of coordinating with investigation – with a foreign power! into a possible 2020 rival. Knowing what that looks like, the Justice Department released a statement in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's transcript release, denying that Barr had any contact with the Ukrainians.
"The Attorney General was first notified to the President's conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky several "The Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec. Biden or his son. "
Which, well OK.
* Barr is in charge of the Justice Department's motion – including then-FBI Director James Comey – in advance of the 2016 election.
There are a lot of roads that lead back to Barr. A LOT. That does not mean anything, unethical or wrong. Trump cares deeply about and b) Trump cares about and trusts consult him on a wide variety of issues.
Trump's security blanket – when he sees the AG involved, the President just feels better.
Which speaks to how Barr – in a very short period of time – has become absolutely essential to Trump and the biggest (and highest-profile) fights of his administration. Everywhere there's controversy for Trump, Barr is there too. He's at the center of history, he means to be or not.