The hearings will be held on October 3 and 11.
WASHINGTON – Former US Ambassador to Kyiv Marie Yovanovitch and special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker agreed to testify in Congress on a telephone conversation between US leader Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. This was reported by US News, citing an employee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
Yovanovitch will address lawmakers on October 11 and Volker will appear in Congress on October 3.
Earlier, the chairmen of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel (Democrat from New York state), the special Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff (Democrat from California) and the Committee on oversight and government reform Elijah Cummings (Democrat from Maryland) sent a joint letter to US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo, in which they demanded that the head of the Department provide legislators with documents relating to the President’s contacts with Zelensky, and also summoned Yovanovitch, Volker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of state George Kent, state Department adviser Ulrich Brechbuhl, and US permanent representative to the EU Gordon Sondland.
On Tuesday, Pompeo in a letter to Engel said that Democrats are trying to “force” representatives of the foreign Ministry to appear at the hearing, although lawmakers have not issued any subpoenas for this. The Secretary of state stressed that the “five officials” in question could not participate in any interrogation or hearing without consulting the Executive branch, which would ensure that confidential information or data relating to diplomatic correspondence would not be disclosed as a result. In this regard, Pompeo requires that at the hearing, along with the people summoned to Congress, the state Department’s legal counsel be present. According to Pompeo, the congressmen’s request can be perceived “only as an attempt to intimidate, threaten and misbehave against State Department employees.”