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Two US officers testify in House impeachment probe.

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (KUNA) -- Christopher J. Anderson and Catherine Croft on Wednesday testified in the ongoing impeachment inquiry carried out by the US House of Representatives into President Donald Trump over the pressures he reportedly applied on the Ukrainian government. Both Anderson and Croft are State Department officers who worked for the US Ambassador to Ukraine Kurt Volker; the latter resigned his office last month. In his statement to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Committee on Oversight and Reform, Andeson said, "On November 25, 2018, Russia escalated the conflict further when its forces openly attacked and seized Ukrainian military vessels heading to a Ukrainian port in the Sea of Azov." "While my colleagues at the State Department quickly prepared a statement condemning Russia for its escalation, senior officials in the White House blocked it from being issued. Ambassador Volker drafted a tweet condemning Russia's actions, which I posted to his account," he pointed out. "On June 13, I accompanied Ambassador Volker to a meeting with National Security Advisor John Bolton. "In that meeting, Bolton stated that he agreed with our three lines of effort and that he also supported increased senior White House engagement. "However, he cautioned that Mr. Giuliani was a key voice with the President on Ukraine which could be an obstacle to increased White House engagement," he said, referring to Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of Trump's personal lawyers. "He did suggest that perhaps the Vice President would be available to travel to Toronto to meet with President Zelenskyy in early July at the Ukraine Reform Conference that the Canadian government was hosting. "We later learned that the Vice President would not attend the conference. The morning after the meeting, I sent a brief message to Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent summarizing the meeting and relaying NSA Bolton's message about Mr. Giuliani. I sent around a more formal summary later that day to my State Department colleagues," Anderson recalled. On her part, Catherine Croft said the only reason given for suspending the US assistance to Ukraine was that "the order came at the direction of the President." "We've learned so much about Trump's months-long campaign to pressure Ukraine because military veterans and his own national security aides stood up to tell the truth. "They put their country ahead of everything else. It's not too late for Republicans in Congress to do the same," she added. (end) asj.gb

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Date:Oct 31, 2019
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