Volker met with adviser for Ukrainian firm at center of impeachment inquiry

Volker met with adviser for Ukrainian firm at center of impeachment inquiry
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Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE, the State Department special envoy to Ukraine who resigned last week amid Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE, reportedly met last year with officials from Burisma, the Ukrainian company denounced by the Trump administration as corrupt.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Volker met with officials from Burisma at a conference in September 2018 hosted by the Atlantic Council. A photo of Volker and an adviser to Burisma later appeared on the company's website.

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According to multiple attendees, Volker met briefly with Vadym Pozharskyi at the conference, though it was not known if their discussions included Trump's efforts to spur an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE and his son Hunter Biden, who previously served on Burisma's board.

The administration has in recent days accused the company of corrupt business dealings through its connection to Hunter Biden, who Trump says benefited from efforts by his father to dismiss a Ukrainian prosecutor who at one point in time investigated Burisma.

No wrongdoing by either Biden has been suggested by Ukrainian officials, and the prosecutor who Trump argued was targeted said recently that Hunter Biden was not found to have committed a crime.

“From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, he did not violate anything,” said Yuri Lutsenko, Ukraine's former top prosecutor. “Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival.”

Trump's efforts to persuade Ukraine's president to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, currently the top-polling candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary, has become the center of House Democrats' impeachment investigation.

Volker is set to appear before House lawmakers on Thursday to give a deposition as part of that inquiry.