George Kent, a career foreign service officer who testified before House committees this week as part of the impeachment inquiry, was a “fact witness” who did not testify on behalf of either side, his lawyer said in a statement.
“Those engaged in the broader political debate on either side will likely find both utility and inconvenience in his testimony. But those are matters for others. He was not there to testify on behalf of any side,” his lawyer said.
His lawyer went on to say that Kent’s testimony was not accurately represented.
“With varying degrees of accuracy, several news organizations and sources have characterized the testimony he provided in closed session. We would caution that cherry-picked elements of his testimony might not give the full picture. Ultimately, we refer those interested to the committees for the official transcript of his testimony should it become publicly available,” the statement said.
About Kent: A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN that Kent testified that he raised a question about the optics of Hunter Biden serving on the Burisma board, and he testified that he was told it wasn’t a good time to be pushing then-Vice President Joe Biden on that topic because of the declining health of Beau Biden.
The source said that Kent didn’t suggest he was alarmed at all about the matter and it was not seen as a big issue at the time.
The Washington Post first reported that Kent told congressional investigators earlier this week that he had raised concerns about the issue in early 2015.
President Trump referenced Kent by name today and said he “excoriated” the Obama administration and Joe Biden based on those reports.