During Tuesday, Nov. 19, impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump, U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker offered testimony that dismantled the rhetoric hitherto held by Democratic lawmakers, stating that President Trump did not pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
Volker, the first witness called by Republicans in the cycle of hearings, testified a second time before the House Intelligence Committee.
Republican Rep. Mike Turner asked him if after meeting with President Trump he considered his political questioning on the Ukrainian issue to be valid, to which Volker answered “yes.”
Turner asked: “Did the President of the United States ever say to you that he was not going to allow aid from the United States to go to the Ukraine unless there were investigations into Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 elections?”
Volker replied: “No, he did not,” as reported by BizPac Review.
In the same vein, when asked if at any time the Ukrainians had told him that they knew they would not have a meeting with the president of the United States, a phone call with him, or military support unless investigations into the Biden were undertaken, Volker replied: “No.”
According to CBS News, the former official told the panel: “At no time was I aware of or knowingly took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden.”
“As you know from the extensive, real-time documentation I have provided, Vice President Biden was not a topic of our discussions. I was not on the July 25 phone call between President Trump and President Zelenskyy. I was not made aware of any reference to Vice President Biden or his son by President Trump until the transcript of that call was released on September 25, 2019,” Volker added in his testimony.
The former official later pointed out that he would have ‘objected’ to the idea of Ukraine opening an investigation into Biden, and acknowledged that at no time did he realize that President Trump considered that investigating the Ukrainian energy company Burisma was equivalent to investigating the Bidens, until he heard the July 25 call.
The former diplomat emphasized that he considered the investigations on Burisma and Biden as two separate things, and pointed out that in retrospect, he understands that Ukrainian officials could be confused.
Volker, after answering questions from other legislators, ended his deposition, clarifying several times that there was no ‘quid pro quo’, no cases of bribery or extortion of which he had knowledge while working for the White House.
As BizCap Review has indicated, Tuesday’s hearing concluded after Volker, former Trump National Security Council advisor Tim Morrison, NSC Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and Assistant to Vice President Mike Pence Jennifer Williams testified for about 5 hours.
At the end of the day, the U.S. president referred on social networks to the day of public hearings, calling it “A great day for Republicans, a great day for our country!”