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Kurt Volker, Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, resigns, U.S. official says

Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was brought into the Trump administration by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to serve as an envoy to Ukraine.
Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was brought into the Trump administration by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to serve as an envoy to Ukraine.
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Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, resigned Friday from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation, according to a U.S. official.

The official said Volker told Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job, following disclosures that he had connected Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani with Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family over allegedly corrupt business dealings.

The White House released notes of a phone call showing that President Trump not only asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, he also urged the foreign leader to look into CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm that did work for the Democrats in the 2016 election. The House has opened an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Giuliani has said he was in frequent contact with Volker about his efforts. The State Department had no immediate comment on his resignation and has said only that Volker put Giuliani in touch with an aide to Ukraine’s president.

Pompeo said Thursday that as far as he knew, all State Department employees had acted appropriately in dealing with Ukraine.

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Volker was brought into the Trump administration by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to serve as envoy for Ukraine. He worked in a volunteer capacity and had retained his job as head of the John McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Arizona State’s student newspaper was the first to report his resignation.


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