Former Top U.S. Diplomat in Ukraine Testifies on Trump, Ukraine Probe

Headline Roundup October 22nd, 2019

Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor testified before several House of Representatives committees Tuesday, describing President Donald Trump's relations with Ukraine that led to a formal presidential impeachment inquiry. Democratic lawmakers were reportedly "stunned" by Taylor's testimony; the 72-year-old is considered a key witness as impeachment proceedings continue.

All reporting outlets focused coverage on the details of the formal statement Taylor made Tuesday, which was 15 pages long.

Former Top U.S. Diplomat in Ukraine Testifies on Trump, Ukraine Probe

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Bill Taylor, a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine who has emerged as a key figure of interest in the Trump impeachment inquiry, told Congress on Tuesday that there were "two channels" for Trump administration policymaking on Ukraine — "one regular, one irregular."

Taylor's testimony in a closed-door deposition before several House committees was described to Fox News by sources familiar with the session. The acting ambassador to Ukraine is seen as a key witness in the probe of whether President Trump was engaged in a "quid pro quo" by holding...

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Washington -- The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine delivered a "damning" 15-page opening statement on Capitol Hill on Tuesday alleging a direct link between a delay in U.S. military aid for Ukraine and the country's willingness to investigate President Trump's political foes.

William Taylor, the U.S. chargé d'affaires in Kiev, is a key witness in the investigation into the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment probe. In messages with other diplomats from August and September released earlier this month, Taylor raised concerns about the U.S. withholding hundreds of...

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor provided lawmakers Tuesday with a vivid, detailed and what some called a “disturbing” account of the way President Donald Trump wanted to put the new Ukraine president “in a public box” by demanding the quid pro quo at the center of the impeachment probe.

In a lengthy opening statement to House investigators, Taylor described Trump’s demand that “everything” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wanted, including vital military aid to counter Russia, hinged on making a public vow that he would investigate Democrats going...

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