Last updated on October 22, 2019
The best U.S. diplomat at Ukraine, Bill Taylor, is set to testify Tuesday behind closed doors as part of House Democrats’ continuing impeachment question.
Taylor’s residue was anticipated to start at 9:30 a.m. before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees.
Included in text messages involving Taylor, U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, along with also the now-former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, Taylor expressed concern regarding why U.S. military help for Ukraine was held up from the White House.
“As I said on the telephone, I think that it’s mad to withhold safety support for help with a political campaign,” Taylor texted Sondland on Sept. 9, based on text messages supplied to Congress from Volker and published by the committees involved with the question.
Democrats have pointed to the text market, a crucial part of this impeachment analysis , within burgeoning body of evidence that there was a quid pro quo involved involving President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy where Trump held up the military help in exchange for Ukraine agreeing to run probes that could be mutually beneficial to Trump.
Taylor came out of retirement in June to function as chargé d’affaires at Kyiv later Marie Yovanovitch was suddenly recalled from her post as ambassador to Ukraine from the spring.
Yovanovitch, Sondland, and Volker are one of the critical witnesses that have testified at the impeachment question.
Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, informed impeachment researchers at a residue that lasted over 9 hours Trump had pressured the State Department to eliminate her, although a top department officer promised her that she’d”done nothing wrong.”