Volker Changes Testimony, Now Says Ukraine Aid Linked To a Public Biden Probe
Republicans called former US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker as a witness in hopes that his testimony could help President Donald Trump and hurt Democrats. It backfired spectacularly.
Volker’s testimony Tuesday in the House impeachment inquiry differed markedly from his October deposition, as the veteran diplomat said he had learned new details since then.
“Since I gave my testimony on Oct. 3, a great deal of additional information and perspectives have come to light. I have learned many things that I did not know at the time of the events in question,” Volker said in his opening statement.
“I did not know of any linkage between the hold on security assistance and Ukraine pursuing investigations,” he said before dropping a bomb on Republicans.
Volker said that he now knows that the investigation Trump wanted Ukraine to launch into Burisma — the Ukrainian gas giant that hired Hunter Biden as a board member in 2014 — was intended as an investigation into Joe Biden and his son.
“In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently, and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections.”
Volker also said in October that investigations were not discussed during a July 10 White House meeting with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland and aides to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
But on Tuesday, he said that Sondland did bring up investigations, and that he found it “inappropriate.”