Another key witness testifies in Trump's impeachment inquiry

George P. Kent stated that he saw President Trump’s demands for Ukraine to “initiate politically motivated prosecutions” as corrupt
15:06, 8 November 2019


The senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine, George Kent, told impeachment investigators last month that he was alarmed at President Trump’s insistence that Ukraine “initiate politically motivated prosecutions”, the New York Times reports.

George P. Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, testified that he regarded the push for investigations, which was spearheaded by Rudolph Giuliani, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, as “injurious to the rule of law”.

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Mr. Kent said he documented his concerns in a memo that he wrote over the summer, weeks before the public disclosure of a whistle-blower complaint about a July 25 call in which Mr. Trump pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, to begin investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the 2016 election.

In his testimony, Mr. Kent offered a new detail that appeared to underscore that political motivation was at the heart of Mr. Trump’s demand for investigations by Ukraine, saying that he was told that the president wanted to hear the country’s leader say the name “Clinton” in connection with potential wrongdoing.

As we reported earlier, George Kent stated that Rudy Giuliani conducted a “campaign full of lies” against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, according to Reuters.

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