House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks – that of Bill Taylor – the top US diplomat in Ukraine – ahead of his public testimony next week.
As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.
Key excerpts include:
Taylor is contradicting the picture Sondland laid out…
And on quid pro quo
Taylor says Sondland had contact with Giuliani (Sondland said he had none) and says he hardly talked to Rick Perry (Sondland, in contrast, talked to him all the time)
Taylor, in a cable to Pompeo on August 29, expresses concerns about suspension of aid to Ukraine, and says he also suggested to Pompeo that he might resign.
Then Taylor admits Ukraine’s criminal justice system is “flawed”…
Isn’t that a good reason to hold up aid to ensure that it is not corruptly flowing to the wrong entities?
Wed, 11/06/2019 – 14:09
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Author: Tyler Durden