Since then, a parade of witnesses has testified publicly and privately about what they recalled about the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine's new leader, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Hunter Biden has denied using his influence with his father to aid Burisma. If the corruption had involved somebody named Natty Bumpo, and Trump asked Zelensky to look into it, nobody would have had a second thought about it.
Volker himself requested a meeting on July 19 with Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, at which Giuliani mentioned accusations about the Bidens as well as the discredited theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.
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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who counts among president Donald Trump's most avid defenders in the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House, made a gaffe on national TV, and elicited loud laughter from the key witness he was interviewing, by asking a question that seemingly made no sense.
The freshman lawmaker reminded the panel, the witnesses, and the audience of two important facts: "One, Ukraine received the aid and, two, there was no investigation into the Bidens". In 2016, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine unless the country ousted prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was probing Burisma. "They both knew that the president and Giuliani were demanding this investigation of Burisma, that they never associated it with the Bidens".
This testimony could be used by the Democrats to strengthen their case that Trump was misusing his position for personal political benefit because Biden is a possible candidate against him in next year's election and was willing to risk national security.
"The Obama administration's State Department was also concerned".
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"I was not made aware of any reference to Vice President Biden or his son by President Trump until the call was released on September 25", Volker said. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt.
"If I had known of all of Mr Giuliani's dealings or of his associations with individuals now under criminal indictment, I would not have acquiesced to his participation", he said.
"We went through it after the Civil War in terms of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy", the former vice president added.
"I said to the ambassador in response, I want nothing".
Under questioning by Representative Elise Stefanik, a young rising star of the Republican Party, both Morrison and Volker admitted that there was no bribery or quid pro quo or extortion.
When he was asked about an overheard conversation with the president during which he is reported to have said the "Zelensky likes your -" and would do anything he was asked to.