Kurt Volker, the former Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, gave a deposition today to the House Committees on Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs. It went for 9 or 10 hours. I’ve seen a couple of statements from Republicans trying to spin what the meeting contained, but the committee chairs released a letter tonight with text messages between Volker, Rudy Giuliani, Andriy Yermak, a representative of Ukraine’s President; Bill Taylor, the US Ambassador to Ukraine (replacing Marie Yankovich, who wouldn’t go along); and Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the European Union. It’s straight-up what Trump confessed to, putting the squeeze on Ukraine, via withholding the military aid Congress voted, to get or manufacture dirt on the Bidens.
After receiving a trove of important documents from the first of the state department witnesses, my fellow chairs and I highlight some of those deserving of the most attention and what is at stake.
Read them here:https://t.co/kirRyA2pF1
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 4, 2019
A selection of tweets containing significant text messages from this release:
Texts make clear Trump aides knew and communicated aid was conditional upon Ukraine implicating Biden AND that they needed to hide that…when one of them calls it out the other lapses into “oh shit this gonna get leaked” talk denying what was happening https://t.co/bWuT17pnlY pic.twitter.com/rIIVFhXBOt
— *Palpatine voice* UNLIMITED DADPUNS? (@AdamSerwer) October 4, 2019
GORDON SONDLAND, 8/9/19: “I think potus really wants the deliverable”
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 4, 2019
I don't see how it can be anymore clear cut than this. Zelensky gets a visit to White House (which he desperately wanted) in exchange for investigation of Biden & Clinton. This is from text sent before July 25th phone call. pic.twitter.com/tAJYpxRT1A
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 4, 2019
Totally normal question for a US diplomat to have to ask and instead of “of course not” be told “call me” pic.twitter.com/sqfJxWlkB3
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) October 4, 2019