Following on yesterday’s release of transcripts of the testimonies of Ambassadors Yovanovitch and McKinley, the House has released the transcripts of the testimonies of Ambassadors Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland today.
House committee chairmen Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel, and Carolyn Maloney announced the public release of the transcripts in a statement, saying, “The testimony of Ambassadors Volker and Sondland shows the progression of efforts by the President and his agent, Rudy Giuliani, to use the State Department to press Ukraine to announce investigations beneficial to the President’s personal and political interests.”
“It is clear from their testimony that, in exchange for the statement, President Trump would award the Ukrainian president with a highly coveted White House meeting and, later, with millions of dollars in critical military aid being withheld,” the Democrats said in the statement. “Ambassador Sondland called this changing U.S. policy toward Ukraine a ‘continuum’ that became ever more ‘insidious’ over time.”
Ambassador Sondland’s testimony now includes an addendum in which he acknowledges that there was a quid pro quo arrangement to release the Ukrainian aid in exchange for an “anti-corruption statement” from President Zelensky that said Ukraine was investigating Burisma. Sondland says that testimony from other witnesses helped him to remember the new details.
Ambassador Sondland’s complete testimony can be found here while key excerpts are posted here.
Ambassador Volker’s testimony is posted here and key excerpts are here.
The release of documents also includes all additional text messages from Ambassador Volker. The complete version is here and key excerpts are here. The initial trove of Volker’s text messages were released on Oct. 2 and can be viewed here.