Please note: that a similar question was asked two years ago , however none of the answers (including one entered today) actually answered the specific question of whether an actual voice recording is made and preserved. Please see my comments to Jonathan as to specifically why the other answers DO NOT address the question.

The significance of the question has to do with the accuracy and credibility of evidence that may be used in an impeachment proceeding. For example, if the TELECON of the Trump-Zalenskyy were to be entered as evidence, one might expect a prudent lawyer to attempt to impeach that document based on the Caution notation at the bottom of the page.

So I ask the question again:

The "transcript" of the President's call here carries the notation: "A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation.· (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty Officers and-NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place."

Would there be an actual voice recording of presidential calls, that would serve as a the basis of verbatim transcript?

And if not, any reports on why not?

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    @JonathanReez - the question you cite, did not adequately answer this question. The answer provided by Ashan Kahn cited DLT's tweets (tweets from DJT tend to lack credibility), the others - including Fizz's posted yesterday does not address actual voice recording, but rather that listeners produce a transcription. What I am asking is if an audio recording or audio file is made ( seemingly a fundamental step in the process of production of a digitally searchable transcription) - and if that record or file is produced --- is it preserved?
    – BobE
    Sep 29 '19 at 7:22
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    There isn't a good answer there yet but the question is essentially the same. Sep 30 '19 at 0:41
  • @JonathanReez, agreed - however, recent events have elevated the significance of the question - which is why I've asked if anyone has a better (or more recent) answer.
    – BobE
    Sep 30 '19 at 14:45
  • Unfortunately this isn't how StackExchange works. However you may offer a bounty on the original question to attract attention to it. Sep 30 '19 at 16:39
  • @JonathanReez I'm not trying to be argumentative, but I took to heart the advice that SE gives, specifically: " If those answers do not fully address your question, please edit this question to explain how it is different or ask a new question." So that is what I did, or at least attempted to do. But thanks for the additional advice.
    – BobE
    Sep 30 '19 at 19:31

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