USA Today reports:
The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved into public view Wednesday as the House Intelligence Committee heard from two witnesses, Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department.
William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, read his Sept. 1 text message out loud, asking Sondland whether security assistance for Ukraine was conditioned on investigations. Taylor said he had thought only a White House meeting depended on announcing investigations, but that the diplomat thought the requirement for security assistance to a country at war against Russia was more alarming.
“It’s one thing to try to leverage a meeting in the White House. It’s another thing, I thought, to leverage security assistance,” Taylor said. “The White House meeting was one thing, the security assistance was much more alarming.”