He still works for BGR, as he did while serving as special envoy to Ukraine. motherjones.com/politics/2021/…
Volker, it seems, overtly lied in his public Nov '19 testimony (not just in his Oct. deposition justsecurity.org/67314/chart-si…) And he lied about knowing that Giuliani had pushed Ukraine for a quid pro quo: investigate Biden and you get normal relations. motherjones.com/politics/2019/…
Even now, this still matters. Volker misled not just Congress but the public about the Ukraine scandal. And his phony claims muddled the already confusing issue and fed the idea that there is no truth, just partisan assertion.
A few days before Volker fibbed his way through his televised testimony to the Intelligence Committee, one of Roger's Stone's prosecutors, responding to the claim that lying to Congress doesn't matter, made a good case for why it's a big deal, and a crime. motherjones.com/politics/2019/…

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