The First New and Devastating News Coming From Taylor’s Testimony

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Ambassador Bill Taylor testified to a complex dynamic whereby American diplomats dispatched to Ukraine desperately sought to assist the nation in a real war with Russia. In the struggle to get foreign aid to Ukraine, and phone calls going back and forth to Washington, Sondland spoke by phone to Trump in Washington.

Amb. Taylor stated that a member of his staff spoke to Sondland right after the conversation that he overheard, and asked about Trump’s position on Ukraine. Sondland said that Trump cares more about investigations than Ukraine.

That is unbelievable. It is also unbelievably specific. “Investigations of Biden.”

Here is USA Today’s summarization:

A new revelation from Taylor’s public testimony was that one of his aides overheard a July 26 phone call between Trump and the U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland, in which the president inquired about “the investigations.”

He said his staffer asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine. Sondland said that “President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for” than the other Ukraine policies.

Taylor said he was not privy to the conversation when he irst testified in closed-door hearings with impeachment investigators on Oct. 22, which is why he added it to his statement now.

This morning I wrote about the difference in “learning” about facts relayed through the media, versus hearing and seeing the witnesses testify about all they saw and heard. Hearing directly from the witnesses humanizes the matter. It is far harder to toss aside. One can feel Ambassador Taylor’s care for both Ukraine and the United States.

One doesn’t rise to the levels Taylor obtained in American government unless that person is intelligent, confident and able to communicate. His testimony is simply devastating, particularly with respect to Ukraine’s vulnerability sitting adjacent to a hostile nation like Russia. Anyone viewing Taylor’s testimony comes to care about Ukraine, just as Taylor does.

This is going to be an ugly and painful process, but damn it is good to see great Americans standing up and speaking out against abuse of power.

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Peace, y’all, and if Trump fires Bill Taylor he will surely be able to get work in radio news or doing TV trailers, amazing voice.

Jason

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gettin too old for this shit
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gettin too old for this shit

Watching him now. He’s amazing. So deliberate and absolutely exact with each word. And yes, incredibly damning to the bad guys.

yaya nana
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As a State Department brat, I am so proud that these folks have stepped up as true heroes. My father was a career foreign service officer and we were always posted to third-world countries. The foreign service isn’t sipping champagne with ambassadors. These folks are highly intelligent and committed to service, as are their families. They are NOT about personal politics. I hope that some of the damage Trump has done to our foreign policy can be set straight by folks like Ambassador Taylor.

Bareshark
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Before this is over, the career professionals in all levels of government may just get some long overdue respect. Too often, they’ve been made “part of the problem” when it comes to government. And yet without them, there would be no functional government. Standing up to Donnie Dimwit just underscores how serious the threat he poses actually is.

Bareshark
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And he’s just the FIRST witness. It’s a cinch that most of the others testifying publicly will likely echo his gravitas, patriotism and clear communication skills. Add in a nigh-uncoordinated/incoherent Republican defense and I’m feeling pretty good right now

Markm Mitchell
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I agree with you sentiments.

Markm Mitchell
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Taylor’s testimony just Impeached Trump.

underwriter505
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In a sane world, it would have. We are not living in a sane world at the moment. I can ony hope enough sanity breaks through the toxic fog to make it so.

Bareshark
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Unless they do better than what they did with Taylor, GOP is DOA on all this. The idea is to persuade people on the fence (read: not folks like us or the Trump cult) that we got us a problem at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. So far, that audience is likely being reached.