The Transcript of the Day for Thursday detailed the testimony of George Kent, a senior State Department official tasked with dealing with Ukraine. He had a lot to say about the inside-job assaults on former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich, whom Rudy Giuliani wanted out of the way so that his conspiratorial fantasies could be remade into official American policy.
“Mr. Giuliani, at that point, had been carrying on a campaign for several months full of lies and incorrect information about Ambassador Yovanovitch, so this was a continuation of his campaign of lies.”
“Particularly after there were tweets by members of the Presidential family, it was clearly a crisis for Ambassador Yovanovitch and a crisis that was threatening to consume the relationship. So our recommendation to our superiors was that there should be a clear statement of support for Ambassador Yovanovitch.”
Kent also tossed White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney into the middle of the scandal, especially on the quid end of things regarding the withholding of military aid to Ukraine that Congress already had approved. From NBC News:
According to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who was present for the deposition, Kent testified that Mulvaney oversaw a meeting where he sidelined State Department officials and tapped three political appointees — Energy Secretary Rick Perry, European Ambassador Gordon Sondland and special envoy Kurt Volker — to oversee Ukraine policy for the United States.
Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state who worked on Ukraine and five other countries, told congressional investigators that the trio called themselves “the three amigos” and elbowed all the other officials at State out of the way, according to Connolly.
This not the first time Mulvaney was mentioned in depositions as part of the impeachment inquiry. President Donald Trump’s former Russia adviser Fiona Hill testified that then-national security adviser John Bolton said he wanted nothing to do with Mulvaney and Giuliani’s objectives in Ukraine, which Bolton said amounted to a “drug deal.”
Enjoy your visit to the barrel, Mick, me boyo. Nobody gets out alive.
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