US House Democrats Release Testimonies of Volker Assistants, Top Pentagon Official

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The US House Democrats have released the deposition transcripts of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, two former assistants to former US Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, as part of their impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump.

Accompanying the release of the transcripts, House Democrats released a statement saying that both Anderson and Croft voiced “concerns they had with efforts to press Ukraine into announcing specific investigations which would help President Trump politically.” 

The statement adds Croft testified that Ukrainian officials “approached her quietly about the hold on security assistance in the July or August timeframe.” 

Volker resigned as the head of the McCain Institute for International Leadership over his role in the US-Ukraine scandal last month.

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform committees are conducting an investigation into a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. House Democrats have alleged that Trump sought an illegal “quid pro quo” from Kiev by threatening to withhold military aid to pressure the country into opening an investigation into former US Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings regarding Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

In her testimony, Croft also said she was “trepidatious” about becoming an assistant to Volker because “it was possible…

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