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Democrats prod State Dept. official to contradict Ukraine president's defense of Trump


Added 11-13-19 01:22:02pm EST - “House Democrats' chief investigator at an impeachment hearing Wednesday pressed a State Department official to contradict the Ukrainian president's statement that he was not coerced by President Trump to launch politically motivated…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Democrats prod State Dept. official to contradict Ukraine president’s defense of Trump”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House Democrats’ chief investigator at an impeachment hearing Wednesday pressed a State Department official to contradict the Ukrainian president’s statement that he was not coerced by President Trump to launch politically motivated investigations.

The line of questioning did not entirely pay off for the Democrats, with State Department diplomat William Taylor saying he could only relate the “implication” he perceived.

Mr. Trump frequently points to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s statement as evidence he did nothing wrong in a July 25 phone call that is the basis for the impeachment probe.

Mr. Trump stands accused of withholding $391 million of U.S. military aid and a promised White House visit to force Ukraine to investigate political rival former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter.

Daniel S. Goldman, the director of investigations for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that is leading the impeachment effort, pressed Mr. Taylor to tell a different story.

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