CBS: US Diplomat Says Trump Ordered Aid Withheld Tied to Personal Vendettas

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Washington — In extraordinary testimony that left lawmakers stunned, Bill Taylor – the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine – testified on Tuesday that U.S. aid to Ukraine was explicitly tied to the country’s willingness to investigate President Trump’s political rivals, providing new details about the events at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

William Taylor, the chargé d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in Kiev, delivered a 15-page statement behind closed doors to members of the House committees leading the impeachment probe.

Taylor emerged as a key witness in the investigation into the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine when text messages between him and two other top diplomats came to light earlier this month.

In the statement, Taylor describes a concerted effort to use U.S. leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to commit to opening investigations into debunked allegations of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, as well as the gas company Burisma, which had hired former Vice President Joe Biden’s son in 2014.

Taylor said these efforts came via an “irregular, informal channel of U.S. policy-making” consisting of Rudy Giuliani, then-special envoy Kurt Volker, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. They’re ALL guilty of every charge. Not one should be trusted with a nickel. It’s just more US politics, designed to keep us busy chasing our tails…while they continue looting. Next up: election time in OZ…or the Twilight Zone..which ever gets the best ratings.

  2. Sorry, I don’t see Trump seeking a real investigation of the acts (officially) of Joe Biden while VP and representing “we the people”, extorting Ukraine to fire Shokin (so that Burisma would not be prosecuted) as wrong or criminal in any way. Joe Biden is not just a candidate, his acts with Ukraine were official as the US VP. He has no immunity from investigation or prosecution because he is a President candidate. Joe extorted, Hunter and Rosemont Seneca laundered the money. If you have not read the Shokin Statement (SCRIBD), you should.

    If you want to drain even a cup from the swamp….INVESTIGATE more, not less.

  3. “debunked allegations of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election,” ???

    A Ukrainian court revealed Wednesday that two Ukrainian officials had violated the law by revealing information about illegal cash payments made to Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former presidential election campaign chair. The disclosure amounted to interference in a foreign election.
    03:59 14.12.2018(updated 19:32 15.06.2019) Sputnik News

    About Biden’s son;

    Solomon: These once-secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden’s Ukraine story

    09/26/19 06:00 PM EDT The Hill

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