Kurt Volker Biography
Kurt Douglas Volker is an American diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO and served as executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership. He worked in a volunteer capacity as the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine until his resignation on September 27, 2019.
Today is the day: The third public impeachment hearing begins at 9am ET. Jennifer Williams, an aide to Pence, and Lt. Col. Alex Vindman will appear before the House Intel Committee at 9am. Amb. Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, a W.H. aide with the NSC, will appear at 2:30pm.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 19, 2019
Kurt Volker Age
He is 54 years old.
Kurt Volker Early Life
Kurt Volker was born in 1964 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, to Benjamin and Thelma (Rowdon) Volker.
Kurt Volker Education
After graduating from Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School, Volker graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in International Affairs in 1984. He was awarded an M.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 1987.
Kurt Volker Married, Spouses
In June 2019, Volker married Georgian journalist for Voice of America Ia Meurmishvili. He was previously married to Karen Volker, with whom he had two daughters.
Special Representative for Ukraine
On July 7, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appointed Ambassador Kurt Volker as the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations. Volker accompanied Tillerson on his trip to Ukraine two days later. On September 27, 2019, Volker resigned from this official, yet volunteer, position.
Kurt Volker Trump–Ukraine scandal
“With Congress now in a full blown impeachment inquiry, Volker has a second opportunity to explain with complete candor what really happened over the course of the past several months.” https://t.co/6NokY4IMyr via @just_security
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 18, 2019
Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy for Ukraine who was the first witness to testify in the House impeachment inquiry, remains a key figure in Democrats’ Ukraine probe as he prepares to testify publicly Tuesday.
In mid-September 2019, reports appeared suggesting that a complaint of irregularities had been filed with Michael K. Atkinson, the Inspector General of Intelligence, which he considered plausible and “very worrying.” Subsequently, several presidents of the US committees alleged that Kurt Volker, acting in his official capacity as Special Representative of the United States for the Ukrainian negotiations, had received instructions from the White House to “intervene with President Zelensky” to investigate in terms by Joe Biden and Paul Manafort. Volker met with Zelensky a day after President Trump telephoned the Ukrainian president, a call that later allegedly led to a whistleblower complaint. Two days after the Volker meeting, the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, resigned, which caused an interruption in the question of whether the new incumbent DNI would share the complaint with Congress.
On September 26, 2019, the Permanent Intelligence Committee of the US Chamber. UU. He issued the unclassified text of this whistleblower complaint about the interaction between the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. This document describes how Volker, together with the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, “advised Ukrainian leaders on how to” direct “the president’s request to Mr. Zelenskyy.
On the same day, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, posted a screenshot on Twitter that was supposedly a text message from Volker to Giuliani. I suggest we schedule a call on Monday, maybe at 10 or 11 pm Washington time?
NBC News reported on the text of Volker allegedly received by Giuliani: “It is not clear if Volker acted on Trump’s orders, and the State Department did not say why Volker introduced him, except that the Ukrainian assistant But the introduction finally led to a meeting between Yermak and Giuliani in Spain, which the complainant wrote as a “direct result” of Trump’s call “.
In the White House minutes of the telephone conversation between the two presidents on July 25, President Zelensky is quoted as saying: “I will personally inform you that one of my assistants has recently spoken with Mr. Giuliani and we hope Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet as soon as he arrives in Ukraine. ” Surprisingly, the date on the screenshot of the alleged text message from Volker to Giuliani is July 19, six days before.
On September 27, 2019, Volker resigned a few hours after the announcement of Congress Democrats, he was asked to give his opinion.
Volker was interviewed in a closed session of the House Committees, which led Trump’s prosecution on October 3, 2019, and his prepared statement was published on October 4, 2019. The Washington Post reported that he had warned Giuliani that he (Giulani) received unreliable information from Ukrainian politicians about bidders.