George Kent: What you need to know

George Kent: What you need to know
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George Kent

Who he is: Deputy assistant secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the State Department

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Why he’s testifying: A career diplomat with years of experience in Ukraine, Kent was in steady contact with some of the key players in the Ukraine saga — including Taylor, Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerSekulow vows Bidens, Ukraine will be part of Trump impeachment defense GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE and Gordon Sondland — throughout the administration’s pressure campaign. He was also among the veteran State Department officials up in arms over the removal of Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine.

What he’s expected to say: Kent previously delivered damning testimony that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE’s allies were conducting a shadow foreign policy that threatened U.S. interests and empowered Russia. He was particularly critical of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump questions why NPR exists after Pompeo clashes with reporter Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' MORE, Trump’s personal lawyer, who orchestrated Yovanovitch’s removal. Yet he also testified that he had “raised ... concerns” after hearing that Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE’s son had been hired by a Ukrainian energy giant during the Obama administration.

What he’s said: “Asking another country to investigate a prosecution for political reasons undermines our advocacy of the rule of law.”