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William Taylor, State Dept. official, drops quid pro quo bomb at impeachment hearing


Added 11-13-19 12:22:02pm EST - “A witness at the House impeachment hearing Wednesday revealed that one of his staffers overheard administration officials discussing a quid pro quo in President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “State Department official drops quid pro quo bomb at impeachment hearing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A witness at the House impeachment hearing Wednesday revealed that one of his staffers overheard administration officials discussing a quid pro quo in President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, said he recently learned that a staffer overheard a conversation between Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and Mr. Trump about the investigations he wanted into political rival former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter.

The quid pro quo is the linchpin of House Democrats impeachment case that Mr. Trump abused his office by withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine to force an investigation for his political benefit.

There are conflicting views about whether the quid pro quo creates grounds for removing a president from office, which has prompted House Democrats to describe it as a bribe or extortion.

Mr. Taylor said he learned of this interaction only last Friday, though it took place a day after the July 25th phone call between Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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