Schiff prodded Volker on inconsistencies in his earlier testimony with respect to his characterization of a dramatic July 10 White House meeting between senior U.S. and Ukrainian officials.
Then-U.S. national security adviser John Bolton ended that meeting abruptly after Sondland raised the issue of investigations.
Bolton later told Fiona Hill, an NSC official specializing in Russian and European affairs, to tell the NSC lawyers that he was not part of “whatever drug deal” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Sondland were cooking up with regard to investigations.
“We asked you about that meeting during your deposition and you told us nothing about this,” Schiff said.
It was only after reading the statement by Vindman that Volker remembered.
In his written testimony Tuesday, Volker also amended his story somewhat, saying he now saw the mention of investigations as inappropriate.
“I thought it was . . . something of an eye-roll moment,” he said.
He said it was not appropriate because the meeting with the Ukrainians and the White House officials was not the “place or time” to bring up such matters. Rather, the meeting should have focused on the bilateral relationship.
Schiff also noted that Volker said in updated testimony that it was “inappropriate and objectionable” to ask a foreign government to investigate a political rival.
“I don’t think we should be asking foreign governments to do that,” Volker said.
Schiff asked Volker whether, once he read the transcript of the July 25 phone call, that’s what he realized what took place. “That’s correct,” Volker said.