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Democrats Release Deposition Of Their Star Witness In Impeachment Inquiry

Chuck Ross on November 6, 2019

House Democrats on Wednesday released a transcript of a deposition from Bill Taylor, the U.S. diplomat who Democrats consider one of their top witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

In his Oct. 22 deposition, Taylor testified at length about his work with two other diplomats, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker, as part of an overall effort to improve relations between the U.S. and Ukraine.

Democrats announced prior to the release that Taylor is one of three witnesses scheduled to testify next week in the first wave of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Taylor will testify next Wednesday, along with George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

Democrats highlighted several excerpts from Taylor’s testimony that they believe supports their push to impeach Trump.

One of those is an exchange that Taylor had with Rep. Adam Schiff, in which the diplomat said that he developed a “clear understanding” that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was contingent on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly committing to opening an investigation into potential Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, as well as into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm linked to Hunter Biden.

Democrats have alleged that Trump abused his office by offering Zelensky with a quid pro quo involving the investigations.

Several witnesses, including Taylor, have testified that they suspected that a quid pro quo was on the table. But so far, none have testified that that they heard directly from Trump that military aid was contingent on the investigations.

Taylor made it clear in the deposition that his suspicions about a possible quid pro quo were based on information in an Aug. 28 news report in Politico, as well as a second-hand summary of a conversation that Sondland had on Sept. 1 with a top adviser to Zelensky.

Sondland said in a revision on Monday to his initial deposition that he told Zelensky’s adviser, Andriy Yermak, that the U.S. would release the military assistance if the investigations were opened. But Sondland also said that he merely “presumed” that the aid was contingent investigations, and that Trump denied to him in a phone conversation on Sept. 8 that there was no quid pro quo.

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  • in my opinion the tweets from the whistle blowers twitter account, the false whistle blower statement that does not even come close to matching the transcript of the call and adam schiff admitting he had contact with the whistle blower prior to filing the charges all prove a conspiracy to over throw a sitting president and all are treason, the DOJ needs to get off their behinds and show up at the hearings and arrest adam schiff the whistle blower and his lawyer for conspiracy to commit treason. they should als make arrests of the star witness who have lied under oath to what the whistle blower, adam schiff and his lawyer fabricated in an attempt to be able to create impeachable offenses.

  • Enough BS from Democommies trying to overthrow our US President!
    NOW, ARREST OBAMAS, et.al., OBAMA’S former Attorney General Eric Holder, the CLINTONS, SOROS, Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer, Green, Waters, ET.AL., and strip Citizenship and wealth and DEPORT to Haiti!! Banish from USA forever !!
    DECLASSIFY EVERYTHING, now !
    President Trump should declassify EVERYTHING related to 9/11/2001; and declassify all Clinton's and Bush's and Obama's lies and TREASON up to 2019.
    And, declassify EVERYTHING related to murders of Americans at Ruby Ridge, and WACO by Clinton's FBI, et.al.
    AND, DECLASSIFY everything from WWII and the USS Liberty 1967 Six-Day War Jews attack on Americans's ship; and the lies to start war in Viet Nam, Iraq, Lebanon, all Middle East Wars, etc, etc,!

  • "Mere Suspicion" is only considered evidence in a "Kangaroo Court," "Salem Witch Trial" or a "Dictatorship!" In a "REAL" court it is not admissible (case closed)!

  • There is a silver lining to all of this and I am sure that the Democrats in charge have considered; these impeachment proceedings WILL mobilize conservative voters who are furious at the treatment of our president.

    The consequence for not voting is far too terrifying to comprehend.

    Let's not have a repeat of Mid-terms CONSERVATIVES.....VOTE TRUMP / PENCE 2020.!.

  • Who cares, this is purely a Kabuki theater show for the Dims, The already know that they are going to impeach. The Senate will acquit and Trump will be reelected. Guess who loses in the end. That's right the Dims will be held accountable at the ballot box. Let me rephrase, instead of Kabuki Theater, it is Kamikaze theater.

  • They ARE scared of loosing and with the flimsy testimony recorded in those transcripts PLUS needing to read someone else's testimony to 'refresh' your memory of something so awful you felt compelled to talk about it?????? Yeah, the democrats are running scared!

  • All this is,is an end around and Hail Mary toss to keep the attention from those who planned this whole impeachment nonsense prior to President Trump even winning the election.Apparently there is a lot to hide for a whole lot of crooked politicians and lobbyist and they're all sweating bullets.I pray for this country and our president.

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