The US House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs Committees released text messages between top US diplomats' revealing their internal turmoil regarding Ukraine. This was reported by Business Insider agency.
The content of the messages range from Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, military aid to Ukraine, and, investigations, among other topics. The messages are between Bill Taylor, Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy in Ukraine; Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy to Ukraine; Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and aids to the Ukrainian president.
The text messages were obtained by lawmakers from Volker as part of an impeachment inquiry into Trump, which was announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week. Volker, who resigned from the State Department on Friday of last week, appeared on Capitol Hill on Thursday for closed-door hearings; his name was mentioned in a bombshell whistleblower complaint that was made public last Thursday.
At the heart of the complaint is a July 25 phone call Trump had with Zelensky, during which he repeatedly pressed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Biden is a 2020 Democratic frontrunner and one of Trump's chief political rivals.
The complaint alleged that Trump used the power of his office to "solicit interference from a foreign country" in the 2020 US election.
In an exchange on September 9, Taylor wrote to Sondland saying that Trump halting military aid to Ukraine has "shaken their faith in us," which he said was his "nightmare scenario." Taylor later added that he thought that Trump's decision to "withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign" is "crazy," a message that ABC News previously reported.
In an exchange that took place on July 21, Taylor texted Sondland saying that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is "sensitive about Ukraine being taken seriously, not merely an instrument in Washington domestic, reelection politics."
Sondland replied: "Absolutely, but we need to get the conversation started and the relationship built, irrespective of the pretext. I am worried about the alternative."
Read the texts here:
Ukraine, a fledgling democracy notorious for corruption, elected Zelensky a comedian-turned-politician whose campaign touted him as an anti-corruption candidate. The country is also reliant on US military aid in its fight with Russian-backed militants.
Earlier this year, Congress approved a nearly $400 million military aid package for Ukraine. Trump had ordered his administration to withhold a nearly $400 million military-aid package to Ukraine days before the phone call with Zelensky.