State Dept. Official Warned Giuliani About Bogus Biden Corruption Claims
Former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker said he warned the president’s personal attorney that he was receiving untrustworthy information about former Vice President Joe Biden from Ukrainian officials.
Volker passed on these details during testimony before House investigators, The Washington Post reported, as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
Two individuals familiar with Volker’s testimony told The Post that he said he had cautioned Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani that sources he was dealing with in Ukraine, including the country’s former top prosecutor, were unreliable and suggested Giuliani take their stories with a grain of salt.
Volker resigned his post last week after it was revealed that his name was mentioned in the intelligence community whistleblower report accusing President Donald Trump of abuses of power.
He is the first of five current and former State Department officials slated to be interviewed by House committees as they investigate the president’s actions.
Giuliani has claimed that he acted at the direction of the State Department as he pursued the Trump team’s theory that Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, engaged in corrupt activity in Ukraine.
Biden has denied any wrongdoing, and so far, neither Giuliani nor any others in Trump’s orbit have offered clear evidence to the contrary.
After Giuliani faced accusations last week that he was working unilaterally to shape U.S. foreign policy, the attorney clapped back with numerous cable news appearances — going so far as to produce text message exchanges with Volker on live television — in an effort to show he was working with the government.
But the State Department has countered that Volker arranged a meeting between Giuliani and a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, only at Yermak’s request.
After Volker was called to testify before Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unsuccessfully attempted to block his appearance.