Published: Fri, October 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Clip of VP Pence Resurfaces in Wake of Trump Biden Investigation Request

Clip of VP Pence Resurfaces in Wake of Trump Biden Investigation Request

Volker resigned Friday after being asked to testify to Congress about the complaint, which describes how Trump in a July 25 phone call repeatedly prodded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for an investigation of Biden and his son, while his administration delayed the release of military aid to help Ukraine fight Russia-backed separatists.

An Intelligence Committee aide said the panel's staff would conduct the interview because Pelosi had designated it as the lead committee in the impeachment inquiry. "And by the way, likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine", Trump said. He had ducked the question at a news conference on Wednesday. "They call that a payoff". The president, casting about for more dirt on his potential opponent, recently brought up a state visit to China in 2013 that Hunter accompanied his father on where the younger Biden is accused of meeting with investors for a hedge fund he developed, though no evidence of wrongdoing has yet been revealed, as evidence of a pattern of corruption in the Biden family.

Republicans leaving the meeting said Volker's testimony helped show there was no quid pro quo when the officials asked for a probe. Several people in the audience laughed as he said this, CNN reports. She was recalled from service in May 2019, three months ahead of the customary term of service for a foreign diplomat.

Pompeo had said he wouldn't go along with any attempts to "intimidate and bully" his workers and asked for more time before a former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, met with House investigators.

Last week, two major groups representing the diplomatic community issued statements in support of the diplomat, with the American Academy of Diplomacy stating that Trump's comments in his call with Zelensky were "deeply troubling".

Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker and George Kent, a State Department official who oversees Ukraine policy and was previously the deputy chief of mission in Kyiv, sought to provide counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl and Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale with facts to counter the conspiratorial narratives being pushed about the career diplomat.

Astronaut from Caribou conducting experiments on ISS
During his time in space, Al Mansoori completed approximately 128 orbits around the Earth and travelled an 3,394,335 miles, according to NASA .

Trump declared at the White House, "China should start an investigation into the Bidens".

Mr Lutsenko said this week he had told Mr Giuliani he would cooperate if the United States opened an investigation, but pushed back on demands to investigate them himself, as they had not broken any laws.

Volker and the two other diplomats _ William "Bill" Taylor, the charge d'affaires at the US embassy in Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union _ discussed the statement Zelenskiy would issue in support of the investigation.

A now well-known whistleblower complaint referred to the removal of Ambassador Yovanovitch.

Biden is the current frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, the victor of which will presumably face Trump in a general election. "Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House's impeachment inquiry", they wrote.

The clip was first posted on Twitter by The Bulwark reporter Sarah Longwell, who says her colleague Barry Rubin found it.

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