The five Trump officials Democrats want to depose

House Democrats have identified five State Department officials they intend to depose amid heightened scrutiny over President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE's dealings with Ukraine.

The Democrats sent the list of current and former officials in a letter to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoReporter presses Pompeo on whether he met with Giuliani in Warsaw Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims Dem senator urges Pompeo to fire State official accused of retaliation, harassment MORE on Friday, saying each has been scheduled for an interview with House committees in October. Lawmakers sent a separate memo notifying Pompeo of a subpoena for documents relating to the administration's dealings with Ukraine.

The officials Democrats want to depose include Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP lawmaker: Democrats cherry-picking what to leak in impeachment inquiry In testimony, Dems see an ambassador scorned, while GOP defends Trump Cracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies MORE, a former NATO ambassador who was Trump’s special representative for Ukraine negotiations; State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent; State Department counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl; and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

Four of the five officials were mentioned in a whistleblower complaint in which Trump is accused of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE for personal gain.

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Here is what you should know about the current and former administration officials.

Marie Yovanovitch

Yovanovitch served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until this past May, when she was recalled from her post. She had previously served in diplomatic roles going back to the George W. Bush administration, including as U.S. ambassador to Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.

When she was recalled from Kiev earlier this year by the Trump administration, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule | Appeals court skeptical of Trump arguments for Medicaid work requirements | CDC offers guidance for treating vaping-related cases House to vote this month on legislation to combat foreign interference in elections MORE (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions MORE (D-N.Y.) issued a joint statement calling her ouster a “political hit job” and an attack by the White House on career officials.

In his July 25 call with Zelensky, Trump said that Yovanovitch was “bad news,” according to a declassified readout of the call released by the White House this week.

“The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I just want to let you know that,” he said.

Yovanovitch and her recall appear in the whistleblower complaint, which claimed that her time in Ukraine was cut short due to allegations made by a former top Ukrainian prosecutor. The State Department later called the prosecutor's allegations "an outright fabrication."

The whistleblower complaint also notes a statement from Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens MORE that she was “removed...because she was part of the efforts against the President.”

Democrats have started pressing the Trump administration for details about her ouster.

Kurt Volker

Volker resigned Friday from his post as Trump's special envoy for Ukraine amid scrutiny over recent revelations regarding Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

The head of the D.C.-based nonprofit McCain Institute, Volker was appointed U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations in July 2017.

The whistleblower alleged that Volker visited Kiev with Sondland and met with Zelensky and other political figures the day after Trump's call with the Ukrainian president and that readouts indicated they did so to “navigate” demands made by Trump.  

The complaint also asserted that the officials spoke with Giuliani to try to “contain the damage” to national security after the Trump lawyer allegedly engaged with Ukrainian officials.

Giuliani told The Daily Beast that over the summer he briefed Volker and Sondland on his efforts in Ukraine and referred to Volker as his "main" State Department contact. 

Volker has also represented the George W. Bush administration as its ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

George Kent

Kent serves as the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s European and Eurasian Bureau. He oversees policy toward Ukraine as well as Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to his department bio. He was also the deputy chief of mission in Kiev between 2015 and 2018. 

He first joined the foreign service in 1992. 

He has spoken about U.S. aid to Ukraine before, telling Voice of America that he was optimistic that the U.S. would continue giving money to European nation but adding, "I think there are some issues about the U.S. budgetary process being sorted out right now."

"And I think we will work very closely together with Ukrainians to ensure that we support Ukraine's abilities to defend itself effectively, and it has been the case the last five years, and it will also be the case going forward," he was quoted as saying earlier this month. 

Days after his comments, the U.S. released $250 million in military assistance to Ukraine.

Kent is not mentioned in the whistleblower complaint.

Ulrich Brechbuhl

Brechbuhl has been serving as counselor of the State Department since 2018 and previously worked at an investing and consulting firm. 

The whistleblower complaint said that he listened to the Trump-Zelensky call, though an unnamed senior official told CBS News this week that Brechbuhl was not on the call. 

He is also Pompeo’s friend and former business partner, according to The New York Times. He gives Pompeo guidance on foreign policy and conducts special assignments as directed by Pompeo.

Gordon Sondland

Trump appointed Sondland as the U.S. ambassador to the European Union last year. 

The whistleblower’s complaint claimed that Sondland and Volker visited Kiev and met with Zelensky and other figures following Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president. The readouts allegedly showed they went to "navigate" demands made by Trump.  

The complaint also said they talked to Giuliani in an attempt to “contain the damage” to national security after Giuliani allegedly engaged with Ukrainian officials. 

Giuliani told The Daily Beast that he had informed Sondland of his efforts in Ukraine. 

Sondland is the founder and CEO of Portland company Provenance Hotels, according to his government bio.