Rudy Giuliani keeps claiming that he only got involved in Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal because the Trump State Department instructed him to do it – an assertion that the State Department keeps refuting in the media. Last night Rudy tweeted a screen shot of a text message with U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, which he claims is proof that he really was working with the State Department.
We have no idea what the real truth is when it comes to Rudy Giuliani, Kurt Volker, and the State Department, but we do know that Volker just resigned a few minutes ago. It was first reported, oddly enough, by the Arizona State University newspaper (Volker has ties to the school). But then CNN stepped in and confirmed the story as well. So what’s going on?
We’re not sure what to make of Kurt Volker’s resignation from the State Department. Rudy Giuliani will surely point to it as proof that he’s right about Volker’s involvement in the scandal, but of course Rudy is a consistent liar. It’s also notable that the House subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this afternoon under threat of obstruction charges, meaning that whatever Volker’s role was in the scandal, it’s about to come out one way or the other.
Interestingly, this does potentially free up Kurt Volker to cooperate with the House impeachment investigation more freely, if that’s what he’s looking to do, as he’s no longer an employee of the Trump administration. Volker is named in the whistleblower complaint, so there’s no way he won’t be dragged into th probe. We’ll see what he does next. We’re going to see plenty more proverbial heads rolling in this scandal, perhaps in rapid fashion.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report