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'Sighs and Gasps' as Ukraine Envoy Testifies

William Taylor testifies 'everything' was dependent on Ukraine launching probes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2019 2:54 PM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2019 7:03 PM CDT
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Ambassador William Taylor is escorted by U.S. Capitol Police as he arrives to testify before House committees as part of the Democrats' impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – There were "sighs and gasps" on Capitol Hill Tuesday as William Taylor testified before the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs Committees as part of the Trump impeachment hearings, Politico reports. Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, first gave what CNN describes as a "lengthy and detailed opening statement," in which he described a phone call with the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, regarding why security aid to Ukraine had been frozen. He then testified for hours. The AP describes lawmakers who emerged from the nearly 10-hour private deposition as "stunned." More:

  • Taylor testified that Sondland told him one of the reasons for the aid delay may have been to push Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation that might help Trump politically, such as a probe into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that hired Hunter Biden. "In fact, Ambassador Sondland said ‘everything’ was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance," Taylor testified.

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