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Diplomats Tie Trump To Ukraine Scheme In First Day Of Impeachment Hearings


Added 11-13-19 11:54:03pm EST - “At the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, State Department officials say Rudy Giuliani's foreign policy backchannel "undercut" U.S. policy...” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Diplomats Tie Trump To Ukraine Scheme In First Day Of Impeachment Hearings”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON ― Testifying at the first public impeachment hearing Wednesday, America’s top diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, laid out how an unofficial backchannel run by President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani “undercut” United States foreign policy as he offered up fresh information about Trump’s involvement in the plot.

Taylor, in a highly anticipated House Intelligence Committee hearing, told lawmakers of his objections to “holding up security assistance for domestic political gain,” referring to Trump’s apparent plan to make Ukrainian aid contingent on Ukrainian officials announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival.

Taylor revealed for the first time that a staff member recently informed him that the staffer was at a restaurant with Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a major Trump donor, when Sondland called Trump on July 26. During that call, the staff member said he could hear Trump ask about “the investigations,” an apparent reference to Trump’s desire for the Ukrainians to announced probes into Biden and his son. Sondland also told Trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward, according to Taylor’s testimony.

“Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified.

Taylor’s testimony kicked off the public portion of the House impeachment inquiry, which will eventually move to the House Judiciary Committee and the full House. If the House votes to impeach Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate will decide whether to force Trump from office.

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