MPEACHMENT INQUIRY U.S. ambassadors pushed Ukraine to investigate as condition for White House visit, texts show

Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine
Jose Luis Magana / AP

WASHINGTON — Text messages given to Congress show U.S. ambassadors working to persuade Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating President Donald Trump’s political opponents and explicitly linking the inquiry to whether Ukraine’s president would be granted an official White House visit.

At one point, a diplomat quoted in the texts even expresses alarm that the Trump administration is conditioning the visit and military aid on an investigation of political opponents, saying the linkage is “crazy.”

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