NEW: Encrypted Text Messages Show US Ambassador Defending President Trump Over Ukraine Call, ‘No Quid Pro Quo’s of Any Kind’
Former Ukrainian envoy Kurt Volker testified Thursday morning before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees.
Volker resigned from his post last week.
Kurt Volker’s name appeared in the partisan CIA “whistleblower’s” complaint against President Donald Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine.
On Thursday Republicans told reporters that Volker said nothing that comports with the Democrat Party’s latest impeachment accusations during his closed-door session on Capitol Hill.
Fox News obtained encrypted text messages sent between Kurt Volker and other US officials such US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Bill Taylor.
The text messages show US Ambassador to the EU defending Trump and making it clear there was no quid pro quo in the President’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Via Fox News:
Meanwhile, new encrypted text messages obtained by Fox News show Volker and other U.S. officials battling internally last month over whether Trump was engaged in a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine as he pressed for the country to look into the Biden family, while holding back U.S. aid. The texts with Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Bill Taylor indicate that the nature of a potential arrangement between the U.S. and Ukraine was a matter of dispute.
“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor said in a text exchange.
Sondland responded by saying that was not what was happening. “Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.”
Both men then agreed to cease discussing the matter over text, noting that phone calls with the appropriate officials would be preferable.
The transcript of the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was declassified and released last week.
The exchange between Trump and Zelensky was very pleasant. There were no threats, no quid pro quo and Zelensky said many times that he was never threatened by Trump.
Joe Biden previously threatened to withhold over $1 billion in aid from Ukraine if Ukraine didn’t fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden’s corrupt dealings with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company.
Shokin was fired and Biden bragged about it during a 2018 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations and now the Democrat-media complex is pinning the scandal on Trump.