The best U.S. diplomat at Ukraine, Bill Taylor, advised House impeachment researchers last month which President Donald Trump led officials to tie military aid to Ukraine to requirements that the nation open political valuable probes, as per a transcript of his testimony made public Wednesday.
The transcript of Taylor’s closed-door testimony before the three House committees directing the impeachment question into Trump — the most up-to-date in a string of witness transcripts made people — affirms NBC News’ reporting about his over nine hours of testimony. Additionally, it contains new specifics regarding the terminology that he used in describing the White House’s attempted quid pro quo with Ukraine that shed light on his level of concern regarding the topic.
By way of instance, Taylor said that he and many others”sat in astonishment” as a White House Office of Management and Budget official said during a July 18 inter-agency forecast that Trump had arranged a grip on military aid to Ukraine, according to the transcript.
Since NBC News reported in October after he testified, Taylor said in clear and plain language he believed that the military help to Ukraine was directly tied to Ukraine opening investigations into former president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in addition to a conspiracy associated with the 2016 election.
“This has been my clear understanding, safety assistance money wouldn’t come before the president [of Ukraine] dedicated to pursue the analysis,” Taylor explained, according to the transcript.
He was subsequently asked if he was”aware that quid pro quo signifies this for this?”
“I’m,” Taylor responded.
Taylor also quoted himself telling the other diplomat it would be a”nightmare” if the Trump administration withheld the army’s help even if Ukraine dedicated to the wanted investigations.
“The Russians love it. And I stopped,” if hypothetical situation unfold,” he explained.