READ: Volker's opening statement to Congress in Ukraine investigation

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In his opening statement to congressional committees behind closed doors on Thursday, Volker also detailed conversations with Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCapitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Bob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' MORE, the president's personal attorney, and defended Biden from allegations of wrongdoing.

He testified that he attempted to persuade the president and Giuliani against having a negative view on Ukraine, and defended Biden as "a man of integrity."

Volker is one of the first Trump officials to testify in the House impeachment inquiry against Trump. House committees are examining whether Trump sought to gain information on his political rival, Biden, from Ukraine.

Read Volker's opening statement below.