Hurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted'

Hurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted'

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGarth Brooks accepts Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Texas kicks off critical battle for House control Gun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 MORE (R-Texas), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that during the committee’s depositions of State Department officials, it had yet to hear from Ukrainian officials who believed there was a quid pro quo relating to aid to Ukraine.

“What we haven’t heard from any Ukrainian official that felt like there was this arrangement … we haven’t even had a Ukrainian official tell a state department official that they felt like their arms were being twisted,” Hurd, a former CIA officer, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Hurd added that in his experience in intelligence, if foreign officials “hear something, they’re going to go to their contacts at the embassy and say ‘what does that mean?’ and we haven’t gotten any whiff of that.”

The Texas congressman agreed with his colleague on the committee, Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDemocrats get assurances from Cuccinelli on immigrants, coronavirus care Gaetz wears gas mask on House floor during vote on bill to fight coronavirus Democrats press World Bank chief on meeting with Ukrainian president amid Trump pressure MORE (D-Conn.), who had earlier said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump: Tough times but progress being made Giuliani touts experimental coronavirus treatment in private conversations with Trump Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech MORE should testify before the committee, telling CBS’ Margaret Brennan “I think having Mayor Giuliani testify is important.”

The White House has long denied the existence of a quid pro quo relating to delayed and eventually released aid to Ukraine after a whistleblower complaint alleged Trump wanted to make it conditional on an investigation of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE’s son Hunter.

Last week, however, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOne year in, Democrats frustrated by fight for Trump tax returns Meadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE said the White House had delayed the aid in an attempt to prompt an investigation of the 2016 election, saying such tactics were common practice and adding “get over it.” Mulvaney has since walked back the claim.