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Former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker resigned from his position as executive director of the McCain Institute amid scrutiny over his role in President Trump's ongoing controversy of his dealings with Ukraine's government.

The big picture: CNN's Jake Tapper reported that the McCain Institute stood by Volker until his release of text messages to a group of House committees showed that he was much more involved with the Ukraine matter than he had told people.

  • In a statement, Volker wrote that the Ukraine controversy "risks becoming a distraction from the accomplishments and continued growth of the Institute," where he has worked since 2012.
  • Nick Rasmussen, who oversees the institute's national security and counterterrorism programs, will take over as acting director.
  • The organization aims to advance "character-driven leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity" around the world.

Context: Volker resigned from his envoy position last month before he testified to committees overseeing the Trump impeachment inquiry that he had no knowledge of the administration's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

Go deeper: Ron Johnson says Sondland told him of possible Ukraine quid pro quo

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Sen. Cory Gardner on vacant Supreme Court seat: "I will vote to confirm"

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) will vote to confirm President Trump's nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he announced in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The development is a win for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). It should mean Republicans are all but assured to have enough support to hold hearings for Trump's potential nominee.

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Trump and Xi to give dueling speeches Tuesday at UN General Assembly

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President Trump and China’s Xi Jinping will address the UN General Assembly just minutes apart on Tuesday morning — with Russia’s Vladimir Putin following soon thereafter.

The big picture: Trump has promised a “strong message on China.” Xi, meanwhile, is expected to laud global cooperation — with the clear implication that it can be led from Beijing.

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