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Ukraine envoy resigns after mention in whistleblower complaint; ‘whole thing is a sham,’ says Rush

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Kurt Volker, the U.S. envoy for Ukraine, reportedly resigned from his post on Friday, a day after it was revealed that his name had been mentioned in a complaint filed against President Donald Trump by a partisan whistleblower who works within the CIA.

“Mr. Volker, who told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday that he was stepping down, offered no public explanation, but a person informed about his decision said he concluded that it was impossible to be effective in his assignment given the developments of recent days,” The New York Times reported.

A day earlier on Thursday, the partisan whistleblower’s complaint against Trump (viewable below) was made public by the inspector general of the intelligence community:

While the complaint chiefly concerns since-debunked allegations that the president had, during a phone call over the summer, pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 contender Joe Biden, it does also mention Volker.

“On 26 July, a day after the call, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker visited Kyiv and met with President Zelenskyy and a variety of Ukrainian political figures,” the complaint reads on page four. “Ambassador Volker was accompanied in his meetings by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.”

“Based on multiple readouts of these meetings recounted to me by various U.S. officials, Ambassadors Volker and Sondland reportedly provided advice to the Ukrainian leadership about how to ‘navigate’ the demands that the President had made of Mr. Zelenskyy,” the complaint continued.

During the phone call with Zelensky, the president had in fact made no “demands.” He had asked Zelenskyy, one, if he could look into claims that certain corrupt Ukrainian officials had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and two, if he could look into Biden’s alleged corruption.

Three pages later in the complaint, it alleges that in May, the partisan whistleblower began hearing rumors that Volker “had spoken with” the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani “in an attempt to ‘contain the damage’ to U.S. national security” that his interactions with Ukraine last spring were allegedly engendering.

“Starting in mid-May, I heard from multiple U.S. officials that they were deeply concerned by what they viewed as Mr. Giuliani’s circumvention of national security decision-making processes to engage with Ukrainian officials and relay messages back and forth between Kyiv and the President,” the complaint read.

“These officials also told me that State Department officials, including Ambassadors Volker and Sondland, had spoken with Mr. Giuliani in an attempt to ‘contain the damage’ to U.S. national security; and that Ambassadors Volker and Sondland during this time period met with members of the new Ukrainian administration and, in addition to discussing policy matters, sought to help Ukrainian leaders understand and respond to the differing messages they were receiving from official U.S. channels on the one hand, and from Mr. Giuliani on the other,” it continued.

But this too has been debunked.

“[A] July 19 text message from Volker to Giuliani … showed that Volker had in fact encouraged Giuliani to reach out to Ukraine,” Fox News has confirmed.

“As discussed, connecting you here with Andrey Yermak, who is very close to President Zelensky,” the message reportedly reads.  “I suggest we schedule a call together on Monday [July 22] …”

Giuliani shared a screenshot of the tweet to Twitter on Thursday:

Speaking Friday night on Fox News, Giuliani demanded that, instead of running from the limelight, Volker speak out and tell the public the truth.

“He should step forward and explain what he did,” he said to FNC host Laura Ingraham. “The whistle-blower falsely alleges that I was operating on my own. Well, I wasn’t operating on my own!”

He added that Volker and Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, were fully aware of his correspondence with Ukrainian officials.

“They basically knew everything I was doing,” he maintained. “So, it was being done with the authorization and at the request — and then I have a final one in which they — there is a big ‘thank you’ about how my honest and straightforward discussion led to solving a problem in the relationship.”

Listen:


(Source: Fox News)

So why hasn’t Volker spoken out yet? While the reason remains unclear, some have noted that Volker has ties to some very shady people, including David Kramer, the former associate of since-deceased Sen. John McCain responsible for funneling the Steele dossier to the media.

“Volker also runs the McCain Institute, which was deeply involved in spreading Russian collusion hoax nonsense throughout government in late 2016 and 2017. The McCain Institute’s David Kramer, for example, gave the dossier to BuzzFeed,” Sean Davis of The Federalist pointed out on Friday.

Some have suggested that the partisan whistleblower’s complaint is essentially the Steele Dossier 2.0.

“The whole thing is a sham,” conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh opined on Friday. “It’s nothing more than the Steele dossier 2.0, as I have been saying all week. A couple people now have come to this conclusion. It’s the same people, it’s the same scam, it’s the same objective …”

“Bottom line, there isn’t anything really new here. This is just the next phase of ‘Get Trump,'” he continued. “This is the next phase of the operation to overturn the election results of 2016. It’s the same players, it’s the same technique, it’s the same play.”

Vivek Saxena

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