The WSJ reports that her removal was a priority for Trump because she did not push Ukraine to open a corruption investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of leading Democrat candidate Joe Biden. There is no evidence that Biden was involved in corruption in the eastern European nation. But the vice president has rarely been drawn into any direct controversy involving the president until now.
Mr Pompeo's Democratic critics say he is now a "witness" caught in a conflict of interest that should rule him out of decisions on how the State Department deals with the investigation.
"Special attention should be paid to the problem of interference in the political processes of the United States, especially with the alleged involvement of some Ukrainian politicians". But the committee managed to schedule the deposition with Volker, as well as one next week with Marie Yovanovitch, who was US ambassador to Ukraine until she was removed from the post last spring.
In a July 25 message between Volker and Yermak that occurred just ahead of the Trump-Zelenskiy call, Volker writes: "Heard from White House-assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate/'get to the bottom of what happened' in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington".
By telling Taylor that Trump is insisting that his behavior doesn't constitute a quid pro quo, Sondland inadvertently shows that Trump understood perfectly well that it was illegal to withhold military aid and refuse to meet with Zelensky until he got the "deliverable", in the form of grist for his conspiracy theories.
Mr Pompeo, so close to Mr Trump that the President past year said he was the only adviser with whom he has never argued, has risen quickly in Washington since arriving as a Kansas congressman elected in the 2010 right-wing populist "Tea Party" movement. What I want to do and I think I have an obligation to do and probably a duty to do it, corruption.
According to the report, Volker told the panels that he and several other officials from the State Department advised the Ukrainian government to avoid any appearance of involvement in US politics or it would be perceived as election interference. She is known to be a very private person, according to a source close with her.
Trump, however, said Wednesday that he restored the funding because of concerns raised by congressional lawmakers that the military assistance was necessary to help Ukraine serve as a bulwark again Russian aggression in the region.
In the texts, Volker and two other diplomats discuss how to navigate Trump's requests for the investigation of his political rival.
Giuliani said Pompeo told him that "they were going to investigate" the claims made in the letter, and requested additional documents to support allegations.
The Reno Gazette Journal reported Thursday that the elder Biden said "his son will be a visible part of the campaign", telling the paper of Hunter, "He's a fine man". Trump contends the former vice president did so to help his son.
Short said his office was still reviewing whether the transcripts should be released.
"Can we all get on the phone to make sure I advise Z correctly as to what he should be saying?"