Trump impeachment: State Department official testifies

Philip Riker oversees U.S. diplomatic relations with 50 countries, including Russia and Ukraine.
The U.S. House of Representatives has resumed hearings of witnesses in the case of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The diplomat Philippe Ricker was the first to hear
Philip Riker, acting Assistant Secretary of State for Relations with Europe and Eurasia, testified Saturday at closed-door meetings of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight Committees in the House of Representatives. U.S. diplomatic relations with 50 countries, including Russia and Ukraine. During the October 26 hearing, he said that he was not aware that in June-August Trump could have delayed aiding Ukraine in order to pressure Vladimir Zelinsky.

Riker reportedly knew about the freeze of military aid to Ukraine, but did not know the reason for this decision, as the diplomat referred the issue of relations with Ukraine to Kurt Volker, former special representative of the State Department, chairman of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Kyiv William Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

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Riker also tried to get the State Department to actively defend against criticism of the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovic.

The day before it was reported that the U.S. Congress resumed hearings on the case of impeachment of President Donald Trump. Charles Kupperman, a former deputy national security adviser, will testify before the committees on Monday, and Catherine Wilbarger, the White House’s chief national security adviser, will testify before the committee on Monday. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security, and on Thursday, Tim Morrison, Chief Adviser for Russia and Europe at the President’s National Security Council.

The hearing was resumed because federal judge Beryl Howell rejected a request for the impeachment process to be illegal.

Recall, Democrats have launched the procedure of impeachment of Trump because of the scandal surrounding his conversation with the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelinsky.