Trump Just Got Nailed: Bill Taylor Reveals In Vivid Detail the Illegal Ukraine Scheme [VIDEO]

Bill TaylorThe top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified Tuesday that he had been told President Donald Trump would withhold military aid to the country until it publicly declared investigations would be launched that could help his reelection chances โ€” including into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Taylor said he was told that “everything” Ukraine wanted โ€” from a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to hundreds of millions in security aid โ€” was dependent on publicly announcing an investigation that included Burisma, the company that hired Biden’s son Hunter, and Ukraine’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election.

Taylor’s explosive testimony is likely to add fuel to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump and Ukraine, with Democratic lawmakers leaving the closed door session before three House committees declaring Taylor’s testimony was damning for the President. The testimony also undercuts White House assertions that there was no “quid pro quo” tying security assistance with the opening of an investigation, as Taylor says he was told repeatedly that the two were linked.

The opening statement from Taylor โ€” 15 pages long โ€” adds a detailed and meticulous accounting of the meetings Taylor had with senior US officials in which he says he learned how Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani were pushing Ukraine to open an investigation into the Bidens and the 2016 election.
Taylor testified that US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told him he’d made a mistake by telling the Ukrainian officials that a White House meeting with Zelensky “was dependent on a public announcement of the investigations.”

“In fact, Ambassador Sondland said, ‘everything’ was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance,” Taylor testified, adding that Trump wanted Zelensky “in a public box” by making a statement about ordering the investigations.

Taylor says he was told by a National Security Council official that Trump told Sondland he had insisted Zelensky “go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 interference.”

“Ambassador Sondland said that he had talked to President Zelensky and Mr. Yermak and told them that, although this was not a quid pro quo, if President Zelensky did not ‘clear things up’ in public, we could be at a ‘stalemate.’ I understood ‘stalemate to mean that Ukraine would not receive the much-needed military assistance,” Taylor testified.
The top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, at center, arrives at the US Capitol to testify behind closed doors for the ongoing impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

The top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, at center, arrives at the US Capitol to testify behind closed doors for the ongoing impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Taylor, whose testimony wrapped after nearly 10 hours, said both Sondland and then-US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker had explained Trump’s position by describing him as “a businessman.”

“Ambassador Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay up before signing the check,” Taylor testified, adding that Volker had used the same phrase.

“I argued to both that the explanation made no sense: the Ukrainians did not ‘owe’ President Trump anything, and holding up security assistance for domestic political gain was ‘crazy,’ as I had said in my text message to Ambassadors Sondland and Volker on September 9,” Taylor added.

Asked about Taylor’s comments that Sondland had told him the aid was tied to an investigation, a source familiar with Sondland’s testimony said that Sondland cited multiple reasons the security aid was frozen, including because the Europeans weren’t giving Ukraine enough and corruption in general. The source said Sondland was only speculating when he referenced the political investigations into the 2016 election and Burisma.
“He made very clear in his testimony that nobody would give him a straight answer” about why the aid was being held up, the source said about Sondland’s testimony.

But Democrats said they felt there were inconsistencies in Sondland’s testimony and suggested they might need to bring him back in to speak to the committee again.

“All I have to say is that in my 10 short months in Congress … it’s my most disturbing day in Congress so far,” said Rep. Andy Levin, a freshman Democrat from Michigan.

“This testimony is a sea change. I think it could accelerate matters,” said Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts. “This will, I think, answer more questions than it raises. Let’s put it that way.”
Text messages between Taylor and Sondland and provided to Congress show that the two discussed the aid being frozen on the phone, amid concerns Taylor had raised that it was being held up in order to help Trump politically.
“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor texted Sondland on September 9. Sondland responded that Taylor’s assertion was incorrect, a conclusion he reached after speaking directly to Trump.

The opening statement from Taylor took roughly an hour to deliver, according to multiple people in the room. Sources said that there were audible sighs and gasps from lawmakers as Taylor delivered his statement.