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Texts: US, Ukraine Officials Discussed Military Aid, Biden Probe

By    |   Friday, 04 October 2019 07:25 AM

Newly released text messages indicate that the Trump administration pushed for Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden's business dealings before agreeing to a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The Washington Post published several text messages between U.S. and Ukrainian officials from recent months that discussed a potential probe of Biden and his son and the withholding of U.S. military aid.

Former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker spoke with House investigators for 10 hours on Thursday about the Ukraine matter as Democrats investigate Trump for possible impeachment. The messages were released following Volker's questioning.

"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," Volker wrote to Zelenskiy's aide Andrey Yermak on July 25.

Shortly after that message was sent, Trump and Zelenskiy spoke on the phone in what has become a highly scrutinized conversation. Democrats and even some Republicans have expressed concerns that Trump held up military aid as a way to convince Ukraine to investigate Biden — his rival in the 2020 election.

Trump had not agreed to meet with Zelenskiy weeks after the call. On Aug. 9, U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland texted Volker that Trump still wanted the investigation to happen.

"I think potus really wants the deliverable," he wrote. "To avoid misunderstandings, might be helpful to ask Andrey for a draft statement (embargoed) so that we can see exactly what they propose to cover."

On Sept. 1, Trump had still not agreed to a meeting. One message suggested that he was holding things over the Ukrainians' heads.

After Trump skipped a planned trip to Scotland during which he was scheduled to meet with Zelenskiy, U.S. charge d'affaires in Ukraine William B. "Bill" Taylor wrote to Sondland, "Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?"

The pair then spoke on the phone about the issue, according to the Post.

Eight days later, Taylor and Sondland resumed the discussion via text.

Taylor: "As I said on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign."

Sondland: "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 I suggest we stop the back and forth by text."

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