President Donald Trump’s former special envoy to Ukraine will “modify” his testimony to Congress during televised hearings on Tuesday.
“Kurt D. Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that he was out of the loop at key moments during President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine to turn up damaging information about Democrats, according to an account of his prepared testimony,” The New York Times reported Monday.
The modification is apparently geared to getting his previous sworn testimony to not conflict with the testimony of other witnesses.
“As the House Intelligence Committee opens its second week of public impeachment hearings, Mr. Volker will say that he did not realize that others working for Mr. Trump were tying American security aid to a commitment to investigate Democrats,” the newspaper reported. “His testimony, summarized by a person informed about it who insisted on anonymity to describe it in advance, will seek to reconcile his previous closed-door description of events with conflicting versions offered subsequently by other witnesses.”
Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was also forced to modify his testimony.
“Mr. Volker will modify his account as well, addressing disparities between his testimony and that of other witnesses. While he has been lumped together with Mr. Sondland and Energy Secretary Rick Perry as “the three amigos” working on behalf of the president, he plans to try to distinguish his role, insisting that he was not part of any inappropriate pressure and that he was unaware of certain events that he has only now learned about through other testimony,” The Times reported.
NEW: Volker plans to tell lawmakers Tuesday that he was out of the loop at key moments of Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) November 19, 2019