As Tim Morrison and Kurt Volker recount their concerns about the parallel track of diplomacy in Ukraine meant to surface dirt on the Bidens, it’s worth remembering they are the witnesses Republicans — not Democrats — wanted to hear from in the impeachment inquiry.
It’s notable because their testimony is not entirely flattering to President Trump. So far, they have described their unease at Rudy Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine and their skeptical view of efforts to launch an investigation into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company.
Morrison also noted that Trump’s reference to Crowdstrike and a Democratic computer server — both based in debunked conspiracy theories — were not part of his official preparatory talking points for the July phone call with Ukraine’s president.
He said he was disappointed after the call:
“I was hoping for a more full-throated support for President Zelensky’s reform agenda,” he said.
Volker, too, has seemed to become a less favorable witness to Trump given the changes made in his account between his closed deposition and his public testimony. He know says he did hear investigations mentioned during a White House meeting between American and Ukrainian officials.
And he said he now links Burisma and the Bidens — which he says is troubling.
“In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently, and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections,” he said.