Sat Sep 28th, 2019 at 05:42:38 AM EST
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McCain Institute head Kurt Volker steps down as US diplomat | The State Press |
Executive Director of the McCain Institute Kurt Volker resigned from his position as the U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Friday, following reports he collaborated with Ukraine and President Donald Trump.
An ASU official confirmed Volker's resignation Friday, and said the University could not speak about his future at ASU because the University does not comment on personnel matters.
Volker met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday to announce he would be resigning, the official said.
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Volker's name was mentioned in the recent whistleblower complaint, which has sparked an impeachment inquiry for Trump. Trump has defended his actions, including a phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky where Trump requested dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
○ Updated Wikipedia page Kurt Volker
US Ambassador to NATO in close order:
Vicky Nuland - Karl Volker - Ivo Daalder
Nuland's successor Kurt Volker - US new special representative in Ukraine
The State Department appointed a special representative to conduct international activities to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Trump administration chose former US ambassador to NATO Kurt Volcker to this post.
Volcker will coordinate the efforts of the State Department to resolve the conflict that arose after Russia's invasion of Crimea and the east of Ukraine, said State Department spokesman Gammond.
Volcker will accompany the Secretary of State during his visit to Kyiv on July 9 and will continue to hold regular meetings with participants of the "Norman format": Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, "the State Department said.
Former U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer with deep European experience and relationships at the top levels of the Transatlantic diplomatic and policy communities.
My comment in an article @TikunOlam...
Trump saw an opportunity to strike a deal ... turning the state of the Ukraine from blue to a red state. Colour my oligarchs ...
Joe Biden and US foreign policy in Ukraine - Vicky Nuland / Geoffrey Pyatt ...
... to rein in the power of its oligarchs.
But the credibility of the vice president's anticorruption message may have been undermined by the association of his son, Hunter Biden, with one of Ukraine's largest natural gas companies, Burisma Holdings, and with its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky [Israeli citizen], who was Ukraine's ecology minister under former President Viktor F. Yanukovych before he was forced into exile.
The identification of Privat Group as the owner of Burisma, though unconfirmed, is logical enough. Privat Group is a conglomerate controlled by the ferocious Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.
Plenty of dirt all around.
The House Intelligence Committee going at lightning speed ... throwing President Trump off balance .... nice to note the role Rudy Giuliani played in Ukraine ... believing in one of the GOP invented conspiracies ... bringing down his Master. The White House cover-up to seal the President's fate ... lock him up. 😊