Oct 1, 2019

Ex-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker confirms he will testify in House probe

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Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned last week, will appear in a deposition on Thursday as part of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment investigation, a committee official confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a letter to top House Democrats on Thursday claiming that the deposition dates they had scheduled for 5 former and current State Department officials were "not feasible." Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was scheduled to appear on Wednesday, will now be appearing on Oct. 11 with the agreement of both the committees conducting the Ukraine investigation and her counsel, per the official.

The big picture: The whistleblower complaint that help set off House Democrats' impeachment investigation names Volker as one of the Trump administration figures potentially involved in Rudy Giuliani's alleged scheme to push Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

  • A day after the now-infamous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the whistleblower said that Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland met with Ukrainian officials and provided them with advice on how to "navigate" Trump's demands.

Go deeper: House chairs accuse Pompeo of "stonewalling" in Ukraine investigation

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day — prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: Protesters were still out en masse for mostly after curfews were in force in cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland — where police used pepper spray and flash bangs on a group throwing projectiles at them during an "unlawful assembly," per KATU. Portland police said this group was separate to the thousands of demonstrators who protested peacefully elsewhere in the city.

Primary elections test impact of protests, coronavirus on voting

Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary

Rep. Steve King. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.

Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks has made him one of the most controversial politicians in the country and a pariah within the Republican Party.