Diplomat added significant ballast to the allegation Trump was trying to extort Ukraine into ginning up bad news about Biden
The impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump has heard some extraordinary testimony over the last month. From the first mention of Trumps desired deliverable from Ukraine, successive layers of witnesses and documents have added to an indictment of the presidents conduct that only gets heavier, as Trump howls his defenses to the wind.
On Tuesday, things got even worse for Trump much worse, as many saw it.
For almost 10 hours, William Taylor, a former military officer and career diplomat with the rank of ambassador under the last four presidents, spoke with congressional investigators about how the Trump administration has been conducting a two-track foreign policy in Ukraine, where Taylor is in charge of the US embassy.
We dont yet know most of what was said. The current public record of the closed-door testimony comprises only a copy of Taylors 15-page opening statement and the spectacle of the ashen faces of members of Congress as they filed out from the hearing.
This testimony is a sea change, congressman Stephen Lynch told reporters.
In his testimony, Taylor explained his discovery of an irregular, informal policy channel by which the Trump administration was pursuing objectives in Ukraine running contrary to the goals of longstanding US policy. What the informal channel wanted and briefly obtained, Taylor said was for the Ukrainian president to agree to go on CNN to announce an investigation of Joe Biden, whom Trump sees, perhaps mistakenly, as a top 2020 threat.