In a recent text message shared with Congress, a top US diplomat at the time wrote to a group of other US diplomats that "I believe it is crazy to withhold security assistance through political campaigning."
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The exchange provided by former US Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Walker as part of his closed-door deposition with several House committees on Thursday shows that the text messages he exchanged with two other US diplomats in September appear to have been encrypted. President Donald Trump has ordered detention from Ukraine.
In an exchange received by ABC News, concern is expressed by Bill Taylor, a leading American diplomat in Ukraine. Gordon Sundland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, replies to Taylor, saying, "Bill, I believe you are wrong about President Trump's intentions. The president has made it absolutely clear: no cases are involved. The president is trying to assess whether Ukraine will accept transparency and the reforms promised by President Zelensky during his campaign. "
Then Sundland invites the group to remove the conversations in a line by typing "I suggest stopping the text back and forth." It is unclear whether the conversation will continue based on material obtained from ABC News.
Sundland, a hotel hotel and Republican megadonor, contributed more than $ 1 million to the inaugural committee of the president before being eventually nominated and confirmed for a major role as US Representative to the European Union.
Taylor is an official foreign service officer who has served as senior diplomat in Kyiv since May, when Ambassador Marie Jovanovich was recalled to the administration. During the month, Jovanovic had President Trump's personal lawyer Rudolf Giuliani blockade Ukrainian corruption investigations – a statement by the State Department at the time called an "outrageous fabrication" that was "untrue."
But Trump called Jovanovich "bad news" in his controversial July 25 call with President Zelensky of Ukraine.
The texts appeared just days before the White House released military aid to Ukraine – nearly $ 400 million from the State Department and the Pentagon were intended to strengthen Ukraine as a US partner against Russian aggression.
Sundland was the US ambassador. to the European Union since July 2018. He assisted Giuliani's efforts with contacting Ukrainian officials about the investigation, according to Giuliani, who said he had introduced Sundland to Volcker after his meetings.
Asked for comment, a spokeswoman for Sondland told ABC News: "We are forwarding all inquiries on the subject to the White House."
Volker resigned last Friday as a special envoy for Ukraine. The State Department confirmed that Volker had contacted Giuliani at Zelensky's assistants at their request.