The Ukrainian probe used to be to objective Hunter Biden's actions from April 2014 to April 2019 when he served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas firm accused of unpleasant practices.
"The allegations against Vice President Biden are self-serving and non-credible", Volker declared.
Volker drew a distinction between an investigation into the Burisma Group, which he said would be "appropriate and unremarkable", and into the Bidens, which he said would be "unacceptable". Secondly, I found out that Vladimir Putin doesn't want me to be president.
Volker was the first person to come behind closed doors in the inquiry that started in September, resigning his position shortly before he did so.
Trump has been under fire ever since a July 25 phone call in which he asked Zelensky for "a favor", namely to investigate alleged Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 elections and the Bidens. White House and State Department officials acknowledge that Sondland's testimony will be crucial to the strength of the Democrats' case.
"According to the investigation, Zlochevsky was directly involved in the withdrawal of funds by the Yanukovych "family", Derkach said. He did dispute referring directly to Biden, however, saying he understood only that the president and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, wanted an investigation of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company. "I drew a distinction between the two".
At the heart of the inquiry is a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during which Kyiv was asked to investigate the Democrats regarding the 2016 presidential election, along with former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
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In his opening statement, Schiff said: "To press a foreign leader to announce an investigation into his political rival, President Trump put his own personal and political interests above those of the nation". He also said Ukrainians never told him that they wouldn't get a White House visit or military aid without committing to investigations. Every witness who has testified and has been asked this has answered yes.
Vindman said that hearing Trump make the request was "my worst fear of how our Ukraine policy could play out was playing out, and how this was likely to have significant implications for U.S. national security".
"My fears have been realized", Morrison then said.
He told lawmakers Tuesday that the transcript of the call was incorrectly placed in a highly secure location.
Former Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm said the chant gave her "guilty pleasure" that turned into anger when she thought of the Trump administration's child separation policy at the southern border. But after testifying behind closed doors, he then had to revise his testimony to say that by September he had come to view a suspension of US security aid as being held up as leverage to get Ukraine to commit.
Volker shifted his account of a pivotal July 10 interaction at the White House.
All of which is a big change from what Volker said last month - and what Republicans had to expect he would say.
He recalled that Trump asked about "the investigation", and that Sondland confirmed that Zelensky would do an investigation.
"Russia is trying to upend security in Europe", Volker continued.
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