United States Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who has been nominated by Donald Trump to serve as America’s ambassador to Russia, appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and admitted that asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden was wrong.
During the testimony, Sullivan was asked if it was ever right to ask the leader of a foreign government to launch investigations into political rivals.
“Soliciting investigations into a domestic political opponent — I don’t think that would be in accord with our values,” Sullivan replied, according to the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake.
Trump's Russia ambassador nominee John Sullivan:
"Soliciting [foreign] investigations into a domestic political opponent – I don’t think that would be in accord with our values.”
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 30, 2019
Take a look at Sullivan’s remarks in the video clip below:
"Soliciting investigations into a domestic political opponent—I don't think that would be in accord with our values," U.S. Ambassador to Russia nominee John Sullivan says at confirmation hearing in response to question from Sen. Bob Menendez. https://t.co/JsAo4rT8TM pic.twitter.com/3MudGt3iY6
— ABC News (@ABC) October 30, 2019