Republican counsel Stephen Castor questioned Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former White House official who served on the National Security Council, in a public hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. In response to questions from Castor, Volker testified that the strides made in recent years with regard to U.S. policy toward Ukraine were made with Trump’s approval. Castor also questioned Volker and Morrison about Trump’s views that Ukraine was corrupt and that he was skeptical of providing U.S. aid to foreign nations. The impeachment probe centers around a July phone call in which Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Lawmakers are seeking answers on whether Trump withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for those investigations.

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