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Kurt Volker, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, today acknowledged mishandling Rudy Giuliani’s push for Ukrainian officials to open a politically charged investigation, saying he didn’t realize that Joe Biden was the target.
“In hindsight, I now understand that others saw the idea of investigating possible corruption involving the Ukrainian company, Burisma, as equivalent to investigating former Vice President Biden,” Volker, who resigned as the State Department’s lead negotiator for Ukraine in September, told lawmakers Tuesday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Giuliani’s insistence that Volker and other U.S. officials press for an investigation into Burisma, which hired Biden’s son, Hunter, as a board member in 2014, culminated in the conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that launched the impeachment investigation. In his testimony today, Volker distanced himself from other key players, especially U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and denounced the unorthodox request.
Volker amends earlier testimony to say the aid to Ukraine was tied to the investigation of the Bidens. Says in hindsight, he “should have recognized” that some, including Pres. Trump, saw probing Burisma “equivalent to investigating former VP Biden.” pic.twitter.com/robo4dvh3K
— Vladimir Duthiers (@vladduthiersCBS) November 19, 2019
Volker testified that narratives about the Bidens and Ukraine electoral interference in 2016 are “conspiracy theories” and “not things we should be pursuing as part of our national security strategy with Ukraine…I don’t think pursuing these things serves our national interest.” pic.twitter.com/B10FYJa1pO
— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) November 19, 2019
“In hindsight, I now understand that others saw the idea of investigating possible corruption involving the Ukrainian company, ‘Burisma,’ as equivalent to investigating former Vice President Biden.”
— Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine. https://t.co/e5XEmQueVb
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 19, 2019
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