Top State official warned of Trump pressure campaign against Ukraine: report

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent reportedly raised concerns earlier this year about what he described as pressure from President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE and his lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits MORE to investigate Trump's political opponents. 

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Sources told The New York Times that Kent, who oversees Ukraine policy, expressed concern as far back as March about Giuliani's role in a "disinformation" campaign that aimed to smear people including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE and then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. 

Kent was deposed on Tuesday as part of the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.  

 
 
Connolly also confirmed the New York Times report that Kent had raised concerns about the matter as early as March. 
 
Kent also has reportedly said he was involved in past efforts to convince Ukraine to investigate corruption. For example, he reportedly pushed prosecutors to probe Mykola Zlochevsky, who owned the energy company where Biden's son Hunter Biden was a board member. 

Democrats are investigating the president following revelations that he pushed Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

The whistleblower's complaint alleges that White House officials believed Trump was using his office for a political gain during a July 25 call where he pressured Ukraine's leader to investigate Biden, and that officials sought to cover up the call. 

Kent's testimony on Tuesday follows last week's testimony from Yovanovitch, who was recalled from her post in May, and former White House aide Fiona Hill.

Olivia Beavers contributed to this story.