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 HurdHere are the key players to watch at impeachment hearing Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches Retirements pose threat to cybersecurity expertise in Congress 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 HimesThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE (D-Conn.), who had earlier said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry Giuliani associate Lev Parnas discussed Ukraine with Trump at private dinner: report Democrats face make-or-break moment on impeachment 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 BidenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry MORE’s son Hunter.

Last week, however, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings Mulvaney drops plans to file lawsuit on impeachment testimony 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.