Business Insider reports:
The transcript of the testimony of the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor, was released by House investigators leading the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. Upon the release of the document, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted: “Ambassador Taylor’s testimony reveals how, through a shadow foreign policy channel, Trump withheld military assistance and a White House meeting from Ukraine until Ukrainian officials agreed to announce investigations to help Trump politically.”
Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and career diplomat with a distinguished record of service, provided one of the most damning testimonies against President Donald Trump yet. His testimony corroborated many of the allegations in the whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence official that sparked the impeachment inquiry and also described an explicit quid pro quo involving about $400 million of US military aid to Ukraine.
House Dems have released the damning transcript of testimony from Diplomat Bill Taylor, which provides new details of his ‘clear understanding’ of the bribery plot at the center of the case for impeaching President Trump. pic.twitter.com/lPeg0BGwrR
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) November 6, 2019
Bill Taylor’s testimony is damning.
Taylor: Security assistance money would not come until the President of Ukraine committed to pursue the investigation.
Q: So if they don’t do this, they are not going to get that was your understanding?
Taylor: Yes, sir. #ExtortionistTrump
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 6, 2019
Asked about Bill Taylor’s testimony that he had been told that Trump wanted Ukraine to announce investigations before military aid was released, Jim Jordan says there was no quid pro quo because “no announcement about any investigations took place.” pic.twitter.com/g5az3pNJsm
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 6, 2019
Bill Taylor: “But President Trump did insist that President Zelensky go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference, and that President Zelensky should want to do this himself.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 6, 2019
BREAKING: According to released transcripts, Bill Taylor said in his impeachment inquiry testimony that it was his “clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until” Ukrainian Pres. Zelenskiy “committed to pursue the investigation.” https://t.co/HWPIlreNLc
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 6, 2019
Ambassador Bill Taylor, stating clear as day one of the quid pro quos, “Ambassador Sondland told Mr. Yermak that the security assistance money would not come until President Zelensky committed to pursue the Burisma investigation.” https://t.co/BgHC5x4Ops
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) November 6, 2019