•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Taylor testifies he was told Trump cared more about 'investigations' than Ukraine

19:30  13 november  2019
19:30  13 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Analysis: The impeachment case against Donald J. Trump, as it stands

  Analysis: The impeachment case against Donald J. Trump, as it stands After two weeks of public hearings, here's what we know that can be traced directly to Trump.Whether Trump explicitly signed off on quid pro quos is something we don’t know, though, and Sondland said he hadn’t heard Trump do that. Some people argue that’s irrelevant. But as the impeachment inquiry enters a new phase, it’s worth taking stock of what we do and don’t know about Trump’s personal actions, as we hurtle toward what appears to be the third impeachment of a U.S. president.

Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which [ Trump attorney Rudy] Giuliani was Taylor said he was not aware of the details when he testified behind closed doors in connection with the impeachment inquiry last month and that he

Top diplomat said his staff was told Trump cared more about Biden investigation than Ukraine . From CNN's Jeremy Herb. Taylor testified that an aide told him of a phone conversation Trump had with US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on July 26 — one day after


Video by The Washington Post

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, on Wednesday said that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told a member of his staff in July that President Trump cared more about an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden than he did about Ukraine.

Taylor described the conversation relayed to him last week by a member of his staff during his opening remarks at the first hearing in the House impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Sondland Says ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’ on Ukraine

  Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Sondland Says ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’ on Ukraine Gordon D. Sondland testified that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the pressure campaign, and that he told Vice President Mike Pence about an apparent link between military aid for Ukraine and investigations of Democrats. Mr. Sondland confirmed there was a “clear quid pro quo” for a White House meeting between President Trump and Ukraine’s president.  RIGHT NOW: The House Intelligence Committee has taken a brief break before Republicans have their chance to question Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union.

Bill Taylor , the top diplomat to Ukraine testified in the first public impeachment hearing that one of his staff After the call, which came one day after a call between Trump and the Ukrainian president, Sondland told the staff member that Trump cares more about the investigations of the Bidens than

investigate the Bidens.[14] The Trump administration's top diplomat to Ukraine , Bill Taylor , testified that he was told U.S. military aid to Ukraine and a Trump –Zelensky White House meeting were conditioned on Zelensky publicly announcing investigations into the Bidens and alleged Ukrainian

According to Taylor, the conversation took place on July 26, the day after a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump raised investigations into the 2016 election interference and the Biden family.

"Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv. The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about 'the investigations,'" Taylor's written opening remarks read.

"Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward. Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which [Trump attorney Rudy] Giuliani was pressing for," the remarks continue.

'Fierce, focused and fearless': Fiona Hill emerges as a principled voice in impeachment inquiry

  'Fierce, focused and fearless': Fiona Hill emerges as a principled voice in impeachment inquiry Responding to the question of whether she is a "Never Trumper," Fiona Hill called it a "puzzling term" for nonpartisan officials.Dr. Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official, delivered punchy lines of testimony and asserted her position as a witness in the inquiry who would present facts exactly as she knew them to be, persistent in the face of accusations of partisanship.

American diplomat in Ukraine , said he was told President Trump cared more about investigating Joe Biden than he did about Ukraine . in charge of Ukraine policy, are testifying before the House Intelligence Committee for the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump .

He said Sondland told Trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward. “Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden The Intelligence Committee on Wednesday announced that he is scheduled to testify behind closed doors on Friday.

Taylor said that Sondland made the comments following a meeting with a top Zelensky aide, Andriy Yermak, in Ukraine. Taylor said he was not aware of the details when he testified behind closed doors in connection with the impeachment inquiry last month and that he was including it for "completeness."

"I reported this information through counsel to the State Department's Legal Adviser, as well as to counsel for both the Majority and the Minority on the Committee. It is my understanding that the Committee is following up on this matter," Taylor said.

Sondland, who testified privately before the committees before Taylor, has also corrected his remarks to say that he told Yermak during a meeting on Sept. 1 that aid to Ukraine would not likely flow until Kyiv made a public statement about pursuing investigations related to 2016 election interference and Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm with ties to Hunter Biden.

Fiona Hill Testifies ‘Fictions’ on Ukraine Pushed by Trump Help Russia

  Fiona Hill Testifies ‘Fictions’ on Ukraine Pushed by Trump Help Russia The White House’s former top Europe and Russia expert sharply denounced what she called a “fictional narrative” embraced by President Trump and his Republican allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 elections, testifying that the claim at the center of the impeachment inquiry was a fabrication by Moscow that had harmed the United States. WASHINGTON — The White House’s former top Europe and Russia expert sharply denounced what she called a “fictional narrative” embraced by President Trump and his Republican allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 elections, testifying that the claim at the center of the impeachment inquiry was a fabrication by Moscow that had harmed the Un

Mr Taylor said, when he was posted to Ukraine in late May, he had taken a letter signed by Mr Trump inviting Mr Zelenskiy to the White House. Mr Taylor testified that Mr Sondland told the aide that Mr Trump " cared more " about an investigation into Mr Biden than he did about Ukraine .

Taylor testified Wednesday that Sondland told Holmes after the call that Trump “ cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” than for Ukraine . Taylor said he was “alarmed” when he realized that the U.S. was withholding military aid from Ukraine , in addition to the

Sondland has sought to distinguish the issue of Burisma from the Bidens, though other witnesses have connected the two. Trump specifically named Biden on the call with Zelensky in July.

The Trump administration eventually released military aid to Ukraine, and Kyiv did not make a public statement about pursuing investigations sought by Giuliani and Trump.

Slideshow by photo services

Taylor is testifying on Wednesday as part of the first open hearing in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong in his interactions with Zelensky, describing the July 25 phone call as "perfect" and accusing Democrats of a partisan effort to damage him politically. Trump has said he wanted Ukraine to investigate "corruption" and that his comments had nothing to do with politics.

Taylor testified behind closed doors in connection with the inquiry on Oct. 22. His private testimony was released last week by the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry.

In his detailed opening remarks, Taylor described many of the interactions with Trump administration officials and other points he touched on during his prior testimony.

Taylor described an effort by the administration driven by Giuliani to leverage a White House meeting and aid to Ukraine to press Kyiv to launch investigations that could benefit Trump politically, emphasizing his concerns about it.

He reiterated his belief that "withholding security assistance in exchange for help with a domestic political campaign in the United States would be crazy" - echoing a remark he made in a text message to Sondland.

At the same time, Taylor also emphasized he wasn't taking sides - Republican or Democrat -- during the impeachment hearing and was there only to relay the facts as he knows them.

"I want to emphasize at the outset that while I am aware that the committee has requested my test as part of impeachment proceedings, I am not here to take one side or the other," Taylor said at the beginning of his remarks.

Taylor, a career State Department official who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, came out of retirement earlier this year at the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to lead the U.S. embassy in Ukraine.

Trump has criticized Taylor and the lawyer representing him as "Never Trumpers," at one point suggesting last month that Pompeo had made a mistake bringing him on at the State Department.

"NEVER TRUMPERS!" Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday morning before the impeachment hearing began.

"READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" he wrote, referring to the rough transcript of his call with Zelensky that has been released by the White House.

The White House said that Trump was working in the Oval Office and not watching the impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

Gordon Sondland, who flaunted Trump access, may offer first-hand account of Trump's Ukraine aims .
Gordon Sondland flaunted an ability to dial Trump's phone number at will. Now, his relationship with the president puts both in a precarious position.Appointed to the post by President Donald Trump after he donated $1 million to the president's inaugural committee, Sondland had a direct line to the Oval Office. And he wasn't shy, or even careful, about using it.

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!