It is reported that Kent, who in 2015 served as deputy head of the State Department’s mission in Ukraine, said he was aware of Biden Jr.’s membership on the Burisma board of directors. Then he talked about this with Assistant to Joe Biden regarding a conflict of interest, but the official replied only that "another son of Biden was dying of cancer, and the family did not have the ability to solve problems."
George Kent is the fourth witness in the investigation of the impeachment of the US President. Congressmen have already heard Kurt Volker, ex-ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovic and Trump’s chief analyst for Russia at the National Security Council, Fiona Hill.
House Democrats are looking into a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy and whether Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
House and Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have introduced legislation prohibiting funding for next year’s Group of Seven summit if it is held at a Trump-owned resort in southern Florida, as the U.S. president intends.
The decision has raised questions over whether Trump’s move could be an impeachable offense since the U.S. Constitution prohibits federal officials from receiving any gifts, payments or other things of value from foreign representatives, unless approved by Congress.
Trump calls the impeachment inquiry a “witch hunt” motivated by Democrats’ bitterness over his 2016 surprise victory.
He has denied that he ever used the American foreign aid as leverage to get Zelenskiy to look into U.S. political matters, but he has publicly urged both Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens.