State Department official George Kent, a vital witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, told House investigators last month which he had remarked specific discussions he had witnessed associated with White House’s attempted quid pro quo he stated were”injurious to the principle of law, both in Ukraine and also the U.S,” based on a transcript of his testimony made public Thursday.
“I wrote a note to the document stating that I had concerns that there had been an attempt to initiate politically motivated prosecutions which were injurious to the principle of law, both in Ukraine and the U.S.,” Kent told the committees about 2 specific conversations he had seen.
Lawmakers have concentrated on Kent as well as other witnesses to prove the Trump government resisted help money as part of the effort to force Ukraine to start mutually advantageous probes.
The transcript of this behind-closed-doors testimony by Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state who worked on Ukraine along with five other nations, until the three House committees directing the impeachment question into Trump was the latest to be made public this week, even since the probe goes to a public stage.
NBC News reported after Kent’s testimony he had told researchers that behaving White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney appointed three additional Trump government officials — Energy Secretary Rick Perry, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker, the then-U.S. special envoy to Ukraine — to spearhead the president’s efforts in Ukraine.