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Top-diplomat in the Ukraine, Bill Taylor, said, it is “crazy security assistance for help with withhold a political campaign’ in a text message, the questioning by house Democrats; Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill.
Bill Taylor, a top US diplomat in the Ukraine, appeared on Capitol Hill for a closed-door deposition on Tuesday as part of the trump prosecution’s request and under a great deal of interest from lawmakers about his past SMS messages will be discussed, whether the President, Trump was engaged in a “quid pro quo” with the Ukraine.
Taylor replied to Deputy Ambassador of Ukraine, shouted questions as he was in a Capitol meeting room. Taylor delivered a long opening statement to house investigators, Fox News was told.
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According to sources, the State Department is trying to give Taylor’s testimony. But the Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena, so that on Tuesday the appearance of a “deposition.” Taylor is, compliance with the subpoena, and the answering of questions from both sides.
Text messages recently, Congress turned showed Taylor and other U.S. officials are fighting internally in the last month about Trump’s effort to examine the Ukraine, Hunter Biden’s past business practices in the country-in the midst of discussions about the US military aid for Ukraine. Hunter Biden the son of Joe Biden, former Vice President and democratic presidential candidate.
“As I said on the phone, I think it is to withhold security assistance, is crazy for help with a political campaign,” Taylor said in a September text exchange.
The US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, who has testified on Capitol Hill, responded by saying that was not what was happening: “Bill, I think you are wrong about President Trump intentions. The President was crystal clear: no quid-pro-quo’s of all kinds. The President is trying to evaluate, to adopt, whether or not Ukraine really is, the transparency and reforms, the President Zelensky promised during his campaign.”
Both men then agreed to cease discussing the text and notes that calls would be preferable with the appropriate officials.
Congress-Democrats on Tuesday said they wanted more information about the text messages.
“Well, I would want to know exactly what he thought, as he wrote, you know, that is the text” Republic of Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington State, told reporters, and added: “we need to understand what is happening, before he sent the text and everything, what happened after that.”
Republicans, meanwhile, Democrats accused to have access to the transcripts of interviews they have been conducting as part of the prosecution’s request.
“Just when you thought the process was unfair, we have found out last night that Democrats are now not even the Republicans will have a copy of the transcripts of each of the time, we are demanding’ve interviewed so far,” said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, that the Republicans can not be copied and only you can read while under the supervision of Democratic employees.
Taylor was tapped out to run the U.S. Embassy in the Ukraine after the administration abruptly the Ambassador. He was drawn up in a trump administration effort until the US military aid for Ukraine.
Taylor had been serving as executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a non-partisan think tank, founded by the Congress, when he was appointed to run the Embassy in Kiev, according to the Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch has been removed before the end of their term of office following a campaign against them led by Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
He was chosen for the post because he was among a handful of former officials with experience in the Ukraine, which would be perceived as neutral by local officials and not the objections of the White house, according to a colleague.
Taylor was the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009.
Trump had to investigate his now famous interview in July with President Vladimir Zelenskiy, in which he urged him to claims about a Democratic rival Joe Biden, as well as issues in connection with elections disturbances in 2016. Trump had one of the time calm, a hold on almost $ 400 million in military aid to Ukraine in fight against Russian-backed separatists.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Sally persons, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.