have called the testimony the most damaging account yet, as Taylor
provided an "excruciatingly detailed" opening statement,
according to the New York Times.
still waiting on a leak - or at least a transcript, from Ukraine
special envoy Kurt Volker, whose testimony earlier this month was
notably expressed his concerns in a Sept. 9 text message to
US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, saying: "I think
it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political
which Sondland replies "Bill, I believe you are incorrect about
President Trump's intentions. The President has been crystal clear no
quid pro quo's of any kind," adding "I suggest we stop the
back and forth by text."
Tuesday, Mr. Taylor directly addressed accusations surrounding
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and Burisma, a Ukrainian
gas company that employed Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice
President Joseph R. Biden Jr., one of the leading Democratic
candidates for president.
“drew a very direct line in the series of events he described
between President Trump’s decision to withhold funds and refuse a
meeting with Zelensky unless there was a public pronouncement by him
of investigations of Burisma and the so-called 2016 election
conspiracy theories,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz said. -New York
the Washington Post notes, Taylor said "By mid-July it
was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelenskyy wanted
was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma," the Ukrainian
gas firm which employed Hunter Biden, "and alleged Ukrainian
interference in the 2016 U.S. elections."
also said the quid pro quo was explicitly communicated to
says he was told by National Security Council aide Tim Morrison that
Sondland, the European Union Ambassador, directly communicated that
quid pro quo to a top Zelenky aide, Andriy Yermak.
this same phone call I had with Mr. Morrison, he went on to
describe a conversation Ambassador Sondland had with Mr. Yermak at [a
meeting in] Warsaw,” Taylor says. “Ambassador Sondland told Mr.
Yermak that the security assistance money would not come until
President Zelenskyy committed to pursue the Burisma investigation.”
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are discussing bringing
Sondland back for further testimony, as some believe he was not
forthcoming with them.