U.S. State Department Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker
U.S. Department of State Special Representative in Ukraine's Affairs Kurt Volker has resigned, as CNN reports.
"Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, has resigned one day after the release of a whistleblower report alleging a coverup by the White House of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's President," says the message.
Volker has become the key figure in the scandal surrounding the whistleblower complaint concerning relating to Trump's call to Ukraine on July 25 during which Trump put pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
It is known that later Volker organized a meeting between Donald Trump's lawyer Rudi Giuliani and Zelensky's adviser.
It is reported that Guliani was interested in the investigation of Biden's case by Ukraine.
The news of Volker's resignation comes just hours after the House Foreign Affairs Committee announced they would hold a deposition for him next week.
"We still expect to hear everything he knows about this scandal," said a congressional aide familiar with the deposition plans. But it's unclear if he will still speak with the committee on the planned date.
As recently as this week, Volker was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and he had a "packed schedule" of meetings throughout, according to a source familiar. Meanwhile, Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney who is also a key player in the scandal, was on TV waving his phone showing off what he said were text messages between the two.
"Volker wanted to keep his head down but he no longer could, it became impossible to do his job," said a source close to him.