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Freedom Caucus demands release of full Volker transcript

Members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling for the release of the full transcript of former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker’s testimony, arguing it would disprove allegations of a quid pro quo between President Trump and Ukraine’s government.

In a letter sent Tuesday to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the conservative group argued the select text messages released by Democrats on the committees failed to provide crucial context on the Trump administration’s interactions with Ukraine. 

{mosads}Volker testified for nearly ten hours last week on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which are at the center of Democrats’ decision to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry. 

“We are concerned that selectively shared information from the deposition fails to provide adequate context for those discussions, to the detriment of both public and Congressional understanding of the Trump Administration’s anti-corruption strategy in Ukraine,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) wrote on behalf of the group.

Biggs went on to blast the process Democrats have used as they have accelerated their probe, arguing that a floor vote should have taken place to authorize the formal inquiry.

“Furthermore, given that the deposition took place in the political context of an unauthorized impeachment inquiry, it is inappropriate as a matter of process and fairness that Members be asked to draw conclusions on such grave matters without access to complete information,” he wrote. 

Biggs urged the chairmen to release the transcript by no later than Oct. 18. 

The letter comes shortly after Democrats issued a subpoena for Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland to testify and release documents after he was blocked by the State Department from appearing before Congress on Tuesday.   

Tags Adam Schiff Donald Trump Elijah Cummings Eliot Engel House Freedom Caucus Impeachment Kurt Volker

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