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 HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel 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 HimesMcCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps MORE (D-Conn.), who had earlier said that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani rips Ukraine investigation: 'I committed no crime' Capitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit 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 BidenRussia says 24 diplomats asked by U.S. to leave by September Biden discusses Canadian citizens detained in China with Trudeau Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE’s son Hunter.

Last week, however, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' 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.