Former Ukraine Envoy Kurt Volker told lawmakers on Nov. 19 before the House Intelligence Committee that he believes there was no bribery, extortion, or quid pro quo in the Trump administrations dealings with Ukraine.
Volker, one of the four witnesses to testify in the impeachment inquiry hearings on Tuesday, offered testimony that served to underscore issues in the Democrats case to investigate the president for impeachment.
The impeachment inquiry, launched by the House Democrats, is looking into whether the president had leveraged his office and withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine to obtain investigations into a political opponent, 2020 candidate Joe Biden. Democrat lawmakers initially alleged that President Donald Trumps conduct amounted to a quid pro quo. Still, in the last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began accusing Trump of “bribery” for withholding aid from Ukraine.
The Ukrainian president and prime minister have both said they didnt perceive a link between the hold on aid and Trumps request for investigations. The White House lifted the hold on the aid on Sept. 11.
During the public hearing on Tuesday, Volker told multiple lawmakers and the Republican counsel that he did not think Trumps conduct with Ukraine amounted to bribery or quid pro quo.
“In no way, shape or form in either readout from the United States or Ukraine did you receive any indication whatsoever, or anything, that resembled a quid pro quo, is that correct?” Republican counsel Stephen Castor asked during the hearing.
“Thats correct,” Volker replied.
Castor then went on to ask the former Ukraine envoy the same question but with the allegation of bribery and extortion instead of quid pro quo. Volker replied, “I was never involved in anything that I would consider to be bribery at all … or extortion.”
Q: In no way shape or form… did you receive any indication whatsoever that resembled a quid pro quo. Is that correct?”
Ambassador Volker: “Thats correct.” pic.twitter.com/wtWHFayHAd
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 19, 2019
In another set of questioning by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio.), Volker was asked whether Trump had ever said to him that “he was not going to allow aid from the U.S. to go to Ukraine unless there were investigations into Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election.”
“No, he did not,” Volker said.
Turner then asked, “Did the Ukrainians ever tell you that they understood that they would not get a meeting with the president of the United States, a phone call with the president of the United States, military aid, or foreign aid from the United States unless they undertook investigations of Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 election?”
“No, they did not,” Volker said.
WATCH —> Amb. Volker just took apart Democrats ENTIRE case. @RepMikeTurner: Did he ever say to you that he was not going to allow aid from the U.S. to go to Ukraine unless there were investigations into Burisma, the Bidens or the 2016 election?
VOLKER: No he did not. pic.twitter.com/PA8368ExV6
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) Nov. 20, 2019
Similarly, Former National Security Council aide Tim Morrison, a top Russia advisor in the White House, also testified that there was no bribery related to the withholding of aid to Ukraine.
“Did anyone ever ask you to bribe or extort anyone at any time during your time in the White House?” the committees ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) asked.
Morrison said, “No, sir.”
Volker also replied “no” when asked the same question from Nunes.
“Did anyone ever ask you to bribe or extort anyone at any time during your time in the White House?”
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) Nov. 19, 2019
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