Trouble? House Dems release State texts on Ukraine, Trump-Zelensky meeting

Trouble? House Dems release State texts on Ukraine, Trump-Zelensky meeting

Trouble? House Dems release State texts on Ukraine, Trump-Zelensky meeting

"As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion", Volker stated.

Congressional investigators uncovered text messages that show USA diplomats pressuring Ukraine to commit in public to investigating the Bidens and linking that inquiry to a potential White House visit by Ukraine's president.

Kurt Volker, former USA special envoy to Ukraine, arrives for a closed-door interview with House investigators, as House Democrats proceed with the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, on Thursday. The messages also revealed that top diplomat William Taylor threatened to resign last month amid concerns that Trump was withholding Ukrainian aid.

"I think", he added.

The chairmen also said in their letter the investigation involves Vice President Mike Pence.

Volker also pleaded ignorance of Trump's July 25 call in which he raised investigating Burisma and Biden with Zelensky, saying he received a general readout of the conversation from people who described it as a "good, congratulatory call". Burisma is the Ukrainian company that hired Hunter Biden to be on its board.

As Volker was testifying, Giuliani tweeted copies of text exchanges with Volker and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. The Ukrainians told Volker they were not comfortable with the suggested statement, and the matter was ultimately dropped while a meeting between Zelensky and Trump continued to be pursued, the source said.

Sondland continues, "I suggest we stop the back and forth by text".

Volker testified that he never even mentioned a delay on USA military assistance to Ukrainian officials until late August, when news reports indicated that funding had been put on hold.

"This is their testimony if it is and not part of my role", he texted. "They have to explain it. Lots of things going on I didn't know about".

Volker, who was serving in the special-envoy position in an unpaid capacity, said he was not on the July 25 call in which Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate Biden and his family.

Rudy Giuliani kept coming around to push Ukrainian officials to dig into Burisma, and Volker and Sondland seemed interested in facilitating his efforts. "Must have helped. Most (important) is for Zelensky to say that he will help investigation-and address any specific personnel issues-if there are any".

Warren and other Democratic challengers such as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California have refrained from criticizing Biden or his son, who had business dealings in China and Ukraine during his father's vice presidency. "I was not made aware of any reference to Vice President Biden or his son, which I only learned about when the transcript of the call was released on September 25, 2019".

Volker testified to the House committees Thursday that he had urged the Ukrainians not to interfere in U.S. politics, and that the Ukrainians were concerned about the meeting being put on hold, according to two sources familiar with the testimony.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded the full transcript of President Donald Trump's June phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping following reports Thursday night that Trump raised the MA senator's "political prospects" during the conversation and vowed to stay silent on the ongoing anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong.

Taylor expressed concern that Trump would renege on the delivery of $400 million in military aid and strain relations between Washington and Kiev, to the benefit of Russian Federation, which has occupied several border territories and the Crimea Peninsula since before fighting began in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Sondland: Not sure i did. Zeldin said the text messages should be publicly released.

"As I said on the phone, I think it's insane to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign", he added.

"I think Hillary Clinton lost because Trump and the Republicans were able to raise doubts even when there was really nothing there", Fialkov said on Wednesday at a town hall event in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

One week later, Taylor offered clues about the contents of that call, and it suggests a quid pro quo was on the table. "The president is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during the campaign".

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