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The national security lawyer Bradley Moss and the former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy to respond.
On Aug. 28, Andrey Ermak, Advisor to the Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky, sent a four-word text message to Kurt Volker, a former U.S. State Department special envoy to Kiev.
“We need to talk.”
Ermak followed the tweet with a link to a political story with the title “Trump Keeps Military aid Meant to Confront Russia.”
“Hello Andrei — absolutely. When is good for you?” Volker replied.
Democrats late Thursday published texting of messages between top diplomats that they say substantiate their claim that President Trump took advantage of the prospect of military assistance and American influence in an attempt to force the Ukraine in the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, in respect of their business relations in the country.
Top US diplomats encouraged Zelensky for the conduct of an investigation linked the three-piece in return for a potentially high-profile visit to Washington with Trump, according to E-Mails released late Thursday by House investigators after a 10-hour interview with Volker. The Republicans present at the marathon interview before three house committees appeared confident that there was no “quid pro quo” in the Trump-Ukraine.
Trump has insisted that he never set under pressure to investigate Kiev, the three-piece, and each requirement was based on ensuring that the country is well on its promise to weed the fight against corruption.
Zelensky said that he never felt under pressure from trump.
After the interview, Volker, house Democrats posted text messages between the top diplomats.
Volker, in a text message on the morning of a planned 25. July phone conversation between Trump and Zelenskiy wrote: “Heard from the White House-Provided that the President of Z trump, he will examine / “to the bottom of what happened” in 2016, we will nail down a date for a visit in Washington.”
But all that planning started to unravel, when Zelensky s aide trying to fix a date for the trump session before the statement on the investigation. Trump an influence on military support for the country, depending on the Fund as part of its defence of the Russian separatists.
A little more than a week after Yermak’s message to Volker about the financing, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, and Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, texted each other. They discussed the White house’s decision to cancel Trump meeting with Zelensky in Poland.
“As I said, over the phone, I think it is to withhold security assistance, is crazy for help with a political campaign,” Taylor wrote.
“Bill, I think you are wrong about President Trump intention,” Sondland wrote back. “The President has made it clear that no quid pro quo of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate, to adopt, whether or not Ukraine really is, the transparency and reforms, the President Zelenskiy promised during his campaign.”
“Bill, I think you are wrong about President Trump intentions. The President was clear: no quid-pro-quo’s of all kinds.”
— Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, write to the top-US-diplomat in the Ukraine
Sondland then recommended a stop to the text exchange.
Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Thursday in an interview with Volker “a choice” the democratic narrative, Trump tries to interfere.
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“The facts that we have today, the salacious story learned to undercut that Adam is ship with to sell his impeachment ambitions,” Jordan and Nunes said in a joint statement, in respect of the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “We hope that the American people, the record of today’s testimony and see the truth.”
Fox News’ Morgan Phillips and the Associated Press contributed to this report.