President Donald Trump held on Wednesday comments from his special envoy for Ukraine who stated that he did not know that there was a & # 39; consideration & # 39; was to pressurize the country to investigate the president's political rivals.
The president tweeted a key phrase from the testimony of the former US envoy, Kurt Volker, who told the legislators that he knew nothing about a consideration, despite text messages discussing an attempt for Ukraine to & # 39; of 2016 and Burisma & # 39; A reference to a probe that includes Hunter Biden.
& # 39; Thank you to Kurt Volker, US envoy for Ukraine, who just released in his Congressional Testimony: & # 39; You asked what conversations I had about that consideration, et cetra. NONE, because I didn't know there was a consideration. "Witch Hunt! & # 39; Trump wrote.
President Trump thanked US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker for a favorable testimony that he knew nothing about a consideration for the country
According to a transcription from Volker & # 39; s testimony to a sediment investigation released Tuesday, he told lawmakers: & # 39; I was never asked to do anything that I thought was wrong.
As the President pointed out, Volker also rejected the idea of a consideration.
& # 39; You asked what conversations I had about that consideration, and so on. None, because I didn't know there was a consideration, & Volker told the legislators in his sworn testimony.
The experienced diplomat also said he did not know why US financial assistance to Ukraine was being stopped, although he said it was & # 39; unusual & # 39; was that it was so.
Trump thanked the old diplomat and called a House Democratic probe a witch hunt
Former US Special Envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, testified that he & # 39; did not know there was a consideration & # 39 ;. Messages that he has released reveal that he is talking to a top Ukrainian official about a statement about investigations related to Burisma and 2016
Gordon Sondland, American ambassador to the European Union, provided a three-page addendum to his testimony now that his memory has been refreshed
& # 39; Assistance is suspended at different times for various reasons. That's true. In this case you had a case here where everyone I spoke with on the administration side – you know, Pentagon, military, civilian, Foreign Ministry, National Security Council – they all thought this was really important to get this help. offer, & # 39; he said.
But his claim was contradicted by Trump-nominated US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who changed his own testimony to say
With his memory & # 39; refreshed & # 39 ;, Sondland wrote to Congress that he personally sent a message to a Ukrainian official, Andriy Yermak, in Warsaw in September to bind millions of American support to an investigation.
& # 39; I now remember talking to Mr. Yermak individually, where I said that resumption of US aid would probably not take place until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had discussed for many weeks & # 39 ;, he said against Congress. That statement is said to have prompted Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to investigate a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, linked to the Bidens, as well as a conspiracy theory about hacked democratic e-mails during the 2016 elections.
In his own text messages that he provided to researchers, Volker shares conversations to get a White House meeting between Zelensky and Trump.
In a message dated August 10, Yermak tells Volker: & Once we have a date, he calls for a press briefing announcing an upcoming visit and a vision for restarting the US-UKRAINE relationship , including Burisma and election involvement in investigations. & # 39;
& # 39; Sounds great! & # 39; Volker replied.
On July 22, Volker wrote that he organized & # 39; a great phone conversation with Rudy and Yermak & # 39; in relation to the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Sondland testified that the president said the best Ukrainian advisers were talking to Rudy & # 39 ;.
On July 25, the day of Trump's infamous phone call with Zelensky, Volker Yermak wrote that he heard & # 39; from the White House – assuming that President Z convinces Trump that he will investigate / & # 39; Get to the bottom of what happened & # 39; in 2016, we will check date for visit to Washington. & # 39;