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 VolkerThe Memo: Biden, bruised by Afghanistan, faces a critical test in Ukraine The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails CNN obtains audio of 2019 Giuliani call linked to Ukraine meddling allegations 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 TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE’s allies were conducting a shadow foreign policy that threatened U.S. interests and empowered Russia. He was particularly critical of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani becomes grandfather after son welcomes child Press: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Former NYC police commissioner to testify before Jan. 6 committee, demands apology MORE, Trump’s personal lawyer, who orchestrated Yovanovitch’s removal. Yet he also testified that he had “raised ... concerns” after hearing that Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse passes 8B defense policy bill House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale 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.”