Secretary of State George Kent told the legislators that he heard of a three-part & # 39; shorthand & # 39; message that President Trump wanted the President of Ukraine to publicly release: & # 39; Investigations, Biden and Clinton & # 39 ;.
Kent made the remark in a statement in the investigation into the deposition of the Democrats, describing how he could learn through other American officials what President Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, had told.
At the time, Sondland and other US officials tried to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to make a public statement about & # 39; corruption & # 39; at a time when Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was pushing an investigation that Hunter Biden, son of a 2020 presidential summit, would involve rival the president.
In this file photo of October 15, 2019, Secretary of State George Kent arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kent says he heard from National Security Officer Tim Morrison what President Trump wanted the President of Ukraine to say in a statement
The shorthand of the discussion revealed what Sondland said the president wanted – and it also included the mention of his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.
The House Intelligence Committee released the statement on Thursday.
Kent said he had heard the information from Tim Morrison, the senior director for Europe of the White House National Security Council.
& # 39; And Tim indicated that he had talked to Gordon. And Gordon had told him, Tim, and Tim told Bill Taylor that he, Gordon, had spoken to the president in a sort of shorthand, and POTUS wanted nothing less than President Zelensky to go to the microphone and say investigations, Biden and Clinton, & # 39; testified Kent.
Kent described in a public statement that he heard what President Trump wanted the President of Ukraine to say
He testified that Giuliani was a & # 39; campaign of lies & # 39; pursued an Obama diplomat against the US ambassador to Ukraine
Trump wanted President Zelensky to investigate, Biden and Clinton & # 39; called, he said using shorthand
Kent described the hearing of Ukrainian officials about the now accused Ukraine-born businessman Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman coming to town
Hillary Clinton's call startled his questioner on the Democratic staff.
& # 39; I haven't heard that name lately, & # 39; Kent was asked.
& # 39; This was the Gordon Sondland message of what the Ukrainians have to say in shorthand 2016. And shorthand it was suggested that the Ukrainians needed – Zelensky had to go to a microphone and actually had three words in it, and that was the shorthand.
& # 39; Clinton & # 39; was the abbreviation for & # 39; 2016 & # 39; – a belief in Trump circles that Ukraine had somehow received the emails from Hillary Clinton. US intelligence agencies and federal prosecutors say that a campaign supported by the Kremlin hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.
Kent has also blamed Trump & # 39; s lawyer Giuliani for his mysterious role in Ukraine, including undermining the US ambassador to Marie Yavanovitch, Ukraine.
& # 39; Well, Mr. Giuliani was almost indispensable from mid-March. If the news campaign, or defamation campaign against, not just Ambassador Yovanovitch, & he said.
& # 39; Giuliani had been campaigning with lies and incorrect information about Ambassador Yovanovitch for several months at that time, so this was a continuation of his lies campaign, & Kent said.
& # 39; His allegations and allegations against former Ambassador Yovanovitch were unfounded, untrue, point, & # 39; Kent said.
He also explained that Washington and Kiev & # 39; snake pits & # 39; goods.
& # 39; I have had many conversations with [US Embassy in Kiev] Chargé [Bill] Taylor, and my reference to the snake wells would have been in the context of our ambassador having just been removed by actions of corrupt Ukrainians in Ukraine and private Americans. burgers here, & he said.
Kent also described the & # 39; unusual channels & # 39; who were active towards Ukraine. & # 39; Well, I think it is somewhat unusual to have an ambassador to the EU, plus the energy minister who is deeply involved in the policy towards a country that is not a member of the EU, & # 39; he said.
Kent testified by having said a senior state official & # 39; hold my head down & # 39; amidst the Ukrainian affair.
Kent put the allegations of a consideration in the context because he had spent time with the American Peace Institute and advised other countries on best practices.
& # 39; Political persecution is not the way to promote the rule of law. They undermine the rule of law, & he said.
He contrasted the pressure that the Obama administration exerted on Ukraine with what he saw more recently. & # 39; You could say national interest versus party interest, & # 39; he said.
As previously reported, Kent was worried when he heard that Hunter Biden had accepted a position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. & # 39; I expressed concern that I had heard that Hunter Biden was on the board of a company owned by someone who had spent money from the US government to recover tens of millions of dollars and that this could be the perception of a conflict of interest cause, & he testified.