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And now it appears that Volker is happy to testify at one or more of the Impeachment Inquiries. It appears that Rudy twittered something about Volker in an attempt to show that Rudy was working in conjunction with the State Department - self defense for Rudy. It backfired.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 29th, 2019 at 10:16:15 PM EST
Material witnesses of alleged "national security" violations by the POTUS or "America's Mayor" are not named by the "Whistle Blower". Doubtless (maybe not, because House Rules) House committees will DEMAND that Volker identify "key witnesses" of alleged "national security" violations by the POTUS or "America's Mayor".

Volker plans to appear before congressional committees next week

That whistleblower also mentioned Volker's name in his complaint when discussing interactions between himself and Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, concerning pushing Ukraine to look into activities of Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.

references in the complaint

  • none to case law or USC, eg. NSA, NDAA, Patriot Acts, Administrative Procedures, etc.
  • none to "Mueller Report"
  • EO 13526
  • report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on 22 July


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by Cat on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 05:25:57 PM EST
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in re: material witnesses

Hon. Joe Hockey to Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr, 28 May 2019 facsimile

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 12:48:01 AM EST
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in re: material witnesses

reference
28 U.S. Code CHAPTER 31--THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 03:24:20 AM EST
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Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community's Statement on Processing of Whistleblower Complaints, 30 Sep 2019
At the time the Complainant filed the Disclosure of Urgent Concern form with the ICIG on August 12, 2019, the ICIG followed its routine  practice and provided the Complainant information, including "Background Information on ICWPA Process," which included the following language: In order to find an urgent concern "credible," the IC IG must be in possession of reliable, first-hand information. The IC IG cannot transmit information via the ICWPA based on an employee's second-hand knowledge of wrongdoing. This includes information received from another person, such as when a fellow employee informs you that he/she witnessed some type of wrongdoing
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[A]lthough the Complainant's Letter acknowledged that the Complainant was not a direct witness to the President's July 25, 2019, telephone call with the Ukrainian President, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community determined that other information obtained during the ICIG's preliminary review supported the Complainant's allegations.

references in the statement

reference public
Federal Rules of Evidence, ARTICLE VIII. HEARSAY

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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 07:58:27 PM EST
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uscourts.gov | Federal Rules of Evidence, 1 Dec 2014. 41 pp
"Printed for the use of the COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 08:03:28 PM EST
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In the present context of this inquiry 'key witnesses' would certainly be those referenced by the whistleblower in the report. These would be given in closed session. Others would be those as designated by House Committee chairmen.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 03:32:33 PM EST
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in re: material witness

Black's Law Dictionary, material witness, general
Wex Dictionary, material witness, general
Federal Rules of Evidence, witness, competency, rules of decision
18 U.S. Code § 3144. Release or detention of a material witness, specification

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 04:05:04 PM EST
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C-SPAN | House Intelligence Committee Stakeout, 3 Oct 2019, running time 06:18:00
"Members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence speak with reporters. Former Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned last week, is scheduled to be deposed in a closed-door meeting with the committee."
APsplainin | Lawmakers question diplomat at center of Trump inquiry
"Kurt Volker produced documents for the interview including copies of text messages and photos, according to a person who wasn't authorized to speak on the record about the private session."


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by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:51:08 PM EST
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deposition

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:53:22 PM EST
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APsplainin | Diplomat testifies to Ukraine turmoil within administratio
Kurt Volker, a central figure in the House's impeachment inquiry, appeared for nearly 10 hours behind closed doors. He told lawmakers he was never pressured by Trump or others around the administration to have Ukraine conduct the investigation of the Democratic rival, and in fact said he had warned Ukrainians to steer clear of American politics.

Yet Volker also recalled being told that plans for a meeting between Trump and the new Ukrainian president elected in the spring were being put on ice, according to one person familiar with the private meeting who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss it.
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Volker denied any personal involvement in Trump's push on Biden, yet reports late Thursday indicated he had knowledge of a draft statement, intended for new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that would have committed Ukraine to conduct the investigations Trump was seeking.
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Volker told investigators Thursday that he warned Giuliani not to rely on information coming from Ukraine's former top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko.
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Volker told the House investigators it was unusual for the U.S. to withhold the aid, but he* said he was given no explanation for it, the person said.


The rest is reportage on background.
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* "'It wasn't explained to me' why the money didn't come through earlier, Zelenskiy said.""

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by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 04:33:58 AM EST
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Full Statement from U.S. Ukraine Envoy Ambassador Kurt Volker on October 3, 2019
First, my efforts were entirely focused on advancing U.S. foreign policy goals with respect to Ukraine. In this, we were quite successful. U.S. policy toward Ukraine for the past two years has been strong, consistent, and has enjoyed support across the Administration, bipartisan support in Congress, and support among our Allies and Ukraine.
[..]
Second, in May of this year, I became concerned that a negative narrative about Ukraine, fueled by assertions made by Ukraine's departing Prosecutor General, was reaching the President of the United States, and impeding our ability to support the new Ukrainian government as robustly as I believed we should. After sharing my concerns with the Ukrainian leadership, an advisor to President Zelenskyy asked me to connect him to the President's personal lawyer, Mayor Rudy Giuliani. I did so. I did so solely because I understood that the new Ukrainian leadership wanted to convince those, like Mayor Giuliani, who believed such a negative narrative about Ukraine, that times have changed and that, under President Zelenskyy, Ukraine is worthy of U.S. support. Third, at no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden. As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion. Moreover, as I was aware of public accusations about the Vice President, several times I cautioned the Ukrainians to distinguish between highlighting their own efforts to fight corruption domestically, including investigating Ukrainian individuals (something we support as a matter of U.S. policy), and doing anything that could be seen as impacting U.S. elections (which is in neither the United States' nor Ukraine's own interests). To the best of my knowledge, no such actions by Ukraine were ever taken, at least in part, I believe, because of the advice I gave them. Notably, I did not listen in on the July 25, 2019 phone call between President Trump and President Zelenskyy, and received only superficial readouts about that conversation afterwards. In addition, I was not aware that Vice President Biden's name was mentioned, or a request was made to investigate him, until the transcript of this call was released on September 25, 2019.
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Third, at no time was I aware of or took part in an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden. As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion.
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Fourth, while executing my duties, I kept my colleagues at the State Department and National Security Council informed, and also briefed Congress, about my actions. This included inperson meetings with senior U.S. officials at State, Defense, and the NSC, as well as staff briefings on Capitol Hill, and public testimony in the Senate on June 18, 2019. I have an extensive record of public commentary about our Ukraine policy.
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Fifth and finally, I strongly supported the provision of U.S. security assistance, including lethal defensive weapons, to Ukraine throughout my tenure. I became aware of a hold on Congressional Notifications about proceeding with that assistance on July 18, 2019, and immediately tried to weigh in to reverse that position.
bought? stayed bought?

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by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 06:14:18 PM EST
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