WASHINGTON – As the high-speed inquiry succeeded in recent weeks, many Americans heard about the “three amigos” – three of Washington's figures worked with the personal lawyer of President Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to make Mr Trump's plan for Ukraine to investigate his political competitors.
Tuesday afternoon, the first of the times – Kurt D. Volker, former Ukraine special delegate to Ukraine – will give evidence before the House Information Committee.
Mr Volker is a career diplomat who served as a permanent US representative of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization under President George W. Bush and was executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a research group based in Washington, recently with Arizona State University.
In 2017, he volunteered as Mr. Trump's envoy for Ukraine, but suddenly retired on 27 September, one day after his release. complaint about explosive whistleblowers who indicated that he was working as an intermediary to link Ukrainian officials with Mr. Giuliani as a former channel of diplomatic umbrella.
Republicans and Democrats believe Mr Volker has an important thing to say.
The Democrats want to testify to him about text messages between him, Mr Giuliani and another amigos, Gordon D. Sondland, Mr Trump's ambassador in the European Union. The messages show that Mr Trump was trying to press President Volodymyr Zelensky from Ukraine to perceive theory about Ukraine's participation in the 2016 elections, as well as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr and his son Hunter. by eliminating two things Mr. Zelensky coveted: White House meeting with Mr. Trump, and $ 391 million in military aid was approved by the Congress for Ukraine, but the president refused to release it.
(Mr Sondland will give evidence on Wednesday; Energy Secretary Rick Perry, third amigo, is not on the witness list.) T
“Hearing from the White House – assuming President Z believes he will be exploring / at the bottom of what happened in 2016, we will leave the date for a visit to Washington,” writes Mr. Volker to top aide with Mr. Zelensky on 25 July, the same day the two presidents spoke by phone in a conversation that is now central to the inquiry.
But Republicans believe that Mr. Volker can help Mr Trump to dissolve, as during his closed door evidence he said he was not aware of any quid pro quo that connected Mr Martin's investigations. Trump tried to seek military help. Mr Volker intends to testify that he was out of the loop at important moments during the events involved.
Mr Volker was the first witness to give evidence on the back door of closed doors in October. He told the investigators that “I was unaware of the fact that I took the opportunity to inquire into former Vice-President Biden or that I did not participate.” He said that Mr Biden had never been a subject of debate in the text messages. But the messages include references to Burisma, your Ukrainian energy company Hunter Biden attended on his board.
On the surface, Mr Volker seems more loyal to Mr. Trump than the other career diplomats gave evidence. In 2016, he pleaded with two former Republican officials not to publish a letter which promoted the “Don't Trumper” movement.
Mr Volker, 54, began his career as an analyst with the ICC, and joined the Department of State as an Advent Service official in 1988. His assignments were in London, Brussels and Budapest. He rose through the ranks, and later became assistant deputy secretary for European and european affairs under Mr Bush, but was sent out when President Barack Obama took office.
Working as a special part-time unpaid delegate, Mr. Volker also worked as a strategic adviser to BGR Group, a company he lobbied on behalf of Ukraine. But Ukraine's inquiry defended his post at McCain Institute, which was founded by former Senator John McCain, who was headed by Mr Volker since 2012. He resigned from the last month, saying the would be investigation is interfering.