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Sullivan differs with Trump on asking Ukraine to probe Biden

Washington, Oct 30: President Donald Trump’s Russia ambassador pick and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told lawmakers that for a president to ask a foreign government to investigate a political rival is not in our ethics.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is vetting his nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Russia, used the opportunity to grill Sullivan on Trump’s impeachment issue of pressuring Ukraine’s government to investigate a political rival, former vice president Joe Biden, the Hill reported.

“Soliciting investigations into a domestic political opponent — I don’t think that would be in accord with our values,” he said.

He revealed to lawmakers that he was aware of a “campaign” against the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani corroborating parts of the ex-ambassador’s private testimony in the impeachment inquiry.

Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted as U.S ambassador to Ukraine in late April, told House lawmakers in closed-door testimony earlier this month that Sullivan informed her she was recalled from her position in Ukraine because Trump had lost confidence in her.

Giuliani acknowledged he was pursuing information in Ukraine that could be damaging to President Trump’s political rivals.

Her dismissal came under fresh scrutiny following the release of a rough transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Giuliani acknowledged he was pursuing information in Ukraine that could be damaging to President Trump’s political rivals.

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