Rep. Turner To Ambassador Volker: You Just Took Apart Democrats’ Entire Case

REP. TURNERNow, gentlemen, there’s been a lot of talk about a lot of people—and we’re going to have to pick up the pace here because these are short periods of time that we have now for this portion of questions—a lot of people talking about their perceptions, their beliefs, their feelings even. What they heard and their understandings and their thoughts. Ambassador Taylor, Mr. Kent, Ambassador Yevonavitch, and Lt. Col. Vindman all had conversations with each other and with other people and all had a whole bunch of hearsay, but I can assure you this boils down to just one thing: This is an impeachment inquiry concerning the President of the United States. So the only thing that matters, besides all these people talking to each other and all of their feelings and all of their thoughts and understandings, it really only comes down to what did the President of the United States intend and what did he say and what did the Ukrainians understand or hear. Mr. Volker, you’re one of the first people that we’ve had in these open public testimony that’s had conversations with both, so I get to ask you, you had a meeting with the President of the United States and you believe that the policy issues that he raised concerning Ukraine were valid, correct?

AMB. VOLKERYes.

REP. TURNERDid the President of the United States ever say to you that he was not going to allow aid from the United States to go to the Ukraine unless there were investigations into Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 elections. 

VOLKERNo he did not.

REP. TURNERDid the Ukrainians ever tell you that they understood that they would not get a meeting with the President of the United States, a phone call with the President of the United States, military aid, or foreign aid from the United States unless they undertook investigations of Burisma, the Bidens, or the 2016 elections.

VOLKERNo, they did not.

REP. TURNERNow pretty much Ambassador Volker, you just took apart their entire case.