‘Shadow foreign policy’ detailed in newly released impeachment testimony . Testimony newly released by the House impeachment panel investigating President Trump ,
For allegedly abusing foreign policy to advance his political interests indicates that the top American diplomat in Ukraine White House was “undercutting the longstanding U.S. policy” of bolstering a key ally on Russia’s western flank. The opening statement by William Taylor,
The current U.S. chargé d’affaires in Kiev, Wednesday’s release of his full testimony adds significant detail to the narrative. In meticulous detail, the career diplomat explained his concerns about withholding aid from Ukraine “for no apparent reason.”
In a statement, Democratic committee chairs said that Taylor’s testimony “shows how President Trump on the President of Ukraine publicly announcing investigations into debunked conspiracy theories involving the
Bidens and the 2016 election.” Vice President Joe Biden and a board member of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company. Trump told those present to “work with Rudy Giuliani” on arranging a meeting with Zelensky,
Who had taken office just the previous month and would have his stature enhanced by appearing in the White House. Testimony by Taylor and others strongly suggests that the price for such a meeting was political assistance for Trump.
Giuliani made it known to Ukrainian authorities in Kiev — and to American diplomats working in the Ukrainian capital that if Zelensky wanted to receive $400 million in congressionally appropriated aid, including desperately needed munitions for Ukraine’s war with Russia, Trump and Giuliani also wanted an investigation of a pet conspiracy theory among right-wing commentators .
Trump’s political functionaries. Taylor describes a meeting, also on July 10, that included national security adviser John Bolton, who has since been fired, and Bolton’s deputies Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill. All three shared the conviction that it was necessary ,