WATCH: Volker testifies he didn’t see Ukraine investigations as a ‘pay up’ for U.S. aid

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Published on 20 Nov 2019, 0:01
Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, told House lawmakers that he did not interpret efforts to get Ukraine to investigate President Donald Trump’s political rivals as a “pay up” to ensure U.S. aid to Ukraine was delivered. Volker said he reiterated to Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, what Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, had told him. “I didn’t think there was a pay-up,” Volker said on Nov. 19, adding that he only knew the “generic formulation” that Trump had a negative view of Ukraine and wanted assurances before he paid them the “check” with U.S. aid. Volker testified Tuesday in a public hearing as part of the impeachment probe into Trump. The impeachment probe is seeking answers to whether Trump held up U.S. aid as a way to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

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