Trump’s Twitter account is going to explode.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine said Tuesday he was told release of military aid was contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, contradicting President Trump’s denial that he used the money as leverage for political gain.
Acting ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. testified behind closed doors in the House impeachment probe of Trump that he stands by his characterization that it was “crazy” to make the assistance contingent on investigations he found troubling.
Upon arriving in Kyiv last spring he became alarmed by secondary diplomatic channels involving U.S. officials that he called “weird,” Taylor said, according to a copy of his lengthy opening statement obtained by The Washington Post.
Taylor walked lawmakers through a series of conversations he had with other U.S. diplomats who were trying to obtain what one called the “deliverable” of Ukrainian help investigating Trump’s political rivals
Taylor said he spoke to Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the U.S. envoy to the European Union.
“During that phone call, Amb. Sondland told me that President Trump had told him that he wants President [Volodymyr] Zelensky to state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election,” Taylor said in the statement.
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter had been a board member of Burisma, a large Ukrainian gas company. Joe Biden is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
Taylor, who is well known for meticulous note-taking, delivered testimony that actually left some members shaken.
Courtesy of CBS News:
Democrats emerging from his deposition on Tuesday called his 15-page opening statement “very dramatic,” “detailed” and “lengthy.” Representative Andy Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, said the U.S. diplomat’s account was “very troubling.”
“All I have to say is that in my 10 short months in Congress — it’s not even noon, right? — and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far,” Levin said.
“All I have to say is in my ten short months in Congress, it’s not even noon and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far. Very troubling.” – Rep. Andy Levin’s comments after emerging from Bill Taylor’s testimony pic.twitter.com/huOD2j54yR
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 22, 2019
And that my friends is game, set, and match.
P.S. After I finished writing this the White Hosue Press Secretary tweeted this out:
NEW: Statement from @PressSec smears Amb. Taylor — who was chosen by Trump appointee @SecPompeo — as a “radical unelected bureaucrat,” calls the release of his full opening statement a “selective leak.” pic.twitter.com/fRsrpzOjDk
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) October 22, 2019
They do realize that the Democrats are planning to release a transcript of this hearing and also invite Bill Taylor back for an open hearing, right?