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State Department official testifies in the Trump impeachment case

Philip Ricker controls US diplomatic relations with 50 countries, including Russia and Ukraine

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On Saturday, October 26, a senior US State Department official Philip Ricker testified in three House committees in the impeachment case of US President Donald Trump.

Ricker controls US diplomatic relations with 50 countries, including Russia and Ukraine.

According to Reuters, citing a source, Riker said: he did not know anything that in June-August, Trump could delay providing assistance to Ukraine to pressure Zelensky.

According to the source, Riker knew about the delay in providing assistance but did not know the reason for this.

It is reported that the diplomat handed over relations with Ukraine to the former special representative of the US State Department, Kurt Walker, the head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Kyiv, William Taylor, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, and the assistant secretary of state, George Kent.

“He knew that Walker, Sondland, and Kent did this, worked on it on a daily basis ... His view on this was ... that he should let these people do their work,” the agency quotes the source.

At the same time, according to the source, Riker was trying to ensure that the State Department actively defended against attacks by Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine.

According to CNN, citing a source, Ricker learned about the delay in aid to Ukraine in late July. “He did not attend the meeting on July 18, when a delay was announced, although he heard about it from colleagues.”

Recall that on Friday, October 25, the district judge Beryl Howell rejected the request for the illegality of the impeachment process and decided that the Trump administration should pass the secret materials of the report of the former Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller on Russia's interference in the 2016 US elections to the House Committee on Judicial Affairs.

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