US en­voy to Ukraine re­signs amid whistle­blower scan­dal

Pom­peo Sub­poe­naed As Dems Press Ahead With Im­peach­ment In­quiry

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Kurt Volker, the state de­part­ment’s spe­cial en­voy for Ukraine who got caught in the mid­dle of the pres­sure cam­paign by Pres­i­dent Trump and his lawyer, Ru­dolph Gi­u­liani, to find dam­ag­ing in­for­ma­tion about Democrats, abruptly re­signed from his post on Fri­day.

Volker, who told sec­re­tary of state Mike Pom­peo on Fri­day that he was step­ping down, of­fered no pub­lic ex­pla­na­tion, but a per­son in­formed about his de­ci­sion said he con­cluded that it was im­pos­si­ble to be ef­fec­tive in his as­sign­ment given the de­vel­op­ments of re­cent days.

His de­par­ture was the first res­ig­na­tion since rev­e­la­tions about Trump’s ef­forts to pres­sure Ukraine’s pres­i­dent to in­ves­ti­gate for­mer vi­cepres­i­dent Joe Bi­den. The uniden­ti­fied in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial who filed the whistle­blower com­plaint that brought the pres­i­dent’s ac­tions to light iden­ti­fied Volker as one of the of­fi­cials try­ing to “con­tain the dam­age” by ad­vis­ing Ukraini­ans how to navigate Gi­u­liani’s cam­paign.

Ac­cord­ing to the whistle­blower, Volker vis­ited the Ukrainian cap­i­tal of Kiev the day af­ter Trump spoke with

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Ze­len­sky on July 25, and pro­vided ad­vice about how to “navigate” the US pres­i­dent’s re­quest. Volker was work­ing in con­cert with Trump’s pri­vate lawyer, Rudy Gi­u­liani, who has tweeted out text mes­sages from Volker in or­der to ar­gue that the Ukrainian out­reach was sanc­tioned by the state de­part­ment.

The state de­part­ment had no im­me­di­ate com­ment.

Reuters

Kurt Volker al­legedly met with Ukraine of­fi­cials to dis­cuss how to ‘navigate’ Trump's de­mands

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