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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.
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.
Volker told investigators Thursday that he warned Giuliani not to rely on information coming from Ukraine's former top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko.
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.
* "'It wasn't explained to me' why the money didn't come through earlier, Zelenskiy said.""

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