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Schiff Tried To Get Volker to Give Him the Answer He Wanted

This is why you should not impeach a president in secret. Look at these tactics. With a less strong-spited witness, this kinds of questioning, which one expects on a police state, would not occur.

According to Byron York in the Washington Examiner:

In a secret interview, Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the House Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, pressed former U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as a result of Trump withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

Volker denied that was the case, noting that Ukrainian leaders did not even know the aid was being withheld, and that they believed their relationship with the United States was moving along satisfactorily, without them having done anything Trump mentioned in his notorious July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

When Volker repeatedly declined to agree to Schiff’s characterization of events, Schiff said, “Ambassador, you’re making this much more complicated than it has to be.”

The interview took place October 3 in a secure room in the U.S. Capitol. While the session covered several topics, the issue of an alleged quid pro quo — U.S. military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation of the Bidens and a public announcement that such an investigation was underway — was a significant part of the discussion.

“[The Ukrainians] didn’t want to be drawn into investigating a Democratic candidate for president, which would mean only peril for Ukraine, is that fair to say?” Schiff asked Volker.

“That may be true,” Volker responded. “That may be true. They didn’t express that to me, and, of course, I didn’t know that was the context at the time.” (Volker has said he did not know that Trump had mentioned the Bidens on the July 25 call with Zelensky until the rough transcript of the call was released on September 25.)

“Part of the other context is vital military support is being withheld from the Ukraine during this period, right?” Schiff asked.

“That was not part of the context at the time,” Volker said. “At least to my knowledge, they [Ukrainian leaders] were not aware of that.”

8 thoughts on “Schiff Tried To Get Volker to Give Him the Answer He Wanted”

  1. Here’s the feelings out here in fly-over country: PresidentTrump talked to some Euro and the Dems are claiming he wanted the Euro’s to find out what Biden’s son or Biden did to get the “sweetheart” deal for $50,000 a month.
    There was some talk about holding up billions or millions in aid to the Euros, but contrary to the Dems values and sympathy for all Euros, fly-over folks don’t care if the President DOESN’T give them a dime, in fact are saying why give them anything.
    As for the Biden $50k a month, that is about what a lot of the fly-over folks are earning in a year’s time to keep the roof over their
    The final point is that we would love to know just how a American with no experience in the gas or utility field got a job in the country of Ukraine and if any of us could apply for a similar job there.

  2. I’m thinking Trump knows a lot more about the Biden family shenanigans in the Ukraine (and who knows where else) than he is publicly letting on. He has access to the best intelligence in the world and likely knows what the full story is. I suspect we’ll also know before this is done.

    1. Get ready for the circus. They will wear out his corpse as they did with McCain’s by using it for a never-ending parade of political events and “teachable moments.” Never waste a crisis, remember?

      I only feel sorry for his family, who loved him.

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