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Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn’t Even On July 25 Phone Call

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A key Democratic witness against Trump admitted in congressional testimony last month that he was not part of the July 25 phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents, that he didn’t see a transcript or readout of it until late September when it was declassified and released, and that he has never even spoken to President Donald Trump.

William Taylor, the charge d’affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, told lawmakers in secret testimony two weeks ago that his opinions about an alleged quid pro quo demanded by Trump were formed largely from conversations with anti-Trump staffers within the diplomatic bureaucracy.

“[Y]ou’ve never spoken to Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani?” Taylor was asked.

“No, no,” he replied.

“Has anyone ever asked you to speak to Mr. Giuliani?”

“No,” Taylor said.

“And if I may, have you spoken to the president of the United States?” Taylor was asked.

“I have not,” he said.

“You had no communications with the president of the United States?”

“Correct,” Taylor said.

He also admitted he had never spoken to Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff.

When asked who exactly he had spoken to about the brouhaha, Taylor confirmed that his only contacts about the matter were with John Bolton, the former national security adviser who was fired by Trump, Fiona Hill, Alexander Vindman, and Tim Morrison. Both Hill and Vindman are rumored to have been sources for the so-called whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump in August.

Taylor also testified that his knowledge of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelensky wasn’t first-hand knowledge.

“And this isn’t firsthand. It’s not secondhand. It’s not thirdhand,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said to Taylor. “But if I understand this correctly, you’re telling us that Tim Morrison told you that Ambassador Sondland told him that the president told Ambassador Sondland that Zelensky would have to open an investigation into Biden?”

“That’s correct,” Taylor admitted.

Zeldin noted that the only reference to Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in Taylor’s opening statement stemmed from that convoluted game of telephone. The New York lawmaker hammered Taylor for relying on third-hand information about the state of mind of an elected official to whom he had never spoken.

“So do you have any other source that the president’s goal in making this request was anything other than The New York Times?” Zeldin asked.

“I have not talked to the president,” Taylor said. “I have no other information from what the president was thinking.”

Under questioning from Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, Taylor also testified that the Ukrainian government wasn’t aware U.S. military funding had been temporarily suspended until late August, and then only after the information was leaked to the news media, meaning an alleged quid pro quo would have been impossible.

“So, if nobody in the Ukrainian government is aware of a military hold at the time of the Trump-Zelensky call, then, as a matter of law and as a matter of fact, there can be no quid pro quo, based on military aid,” Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, said. “I just want to be real clear that, again, as of July 25th, you have no knowledge of a quid pro quo involving military aid.”

“July 25th is a week after the hold was put on the security assistance,” Taylor testified. “And July 25th, they had a conversation between the two presidents, where it was not discussed.”

“And to your knowledge, nobody in the Ukrainian government was aware of the hold?” Ratcliffe asked.

“That is correct,” Taylor responded.

Taylor also testified that he didn’t see any official readout of the July 25 phone call until it was declassified and released by Trump in late September.

“I did not see any official readout of the call until it was publicly released on September 25th,” he said.

via thefederalist

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  1. “Taylor also testified that his knowledge of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelensky wasn’t first-hand knowledge.

    “And this isn’t firsthand. It’s not secondhand. It’s not thirdhand,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., said to Taylor. “But if I understand this correctly, you’re telling us that Tim Morrison told you that Ambassador Sondland told him that the president told Ambassador Sondland that Zelensky would have to open an investigation into Biden?”

    Partisan Witch Hunt. Bunch of people who do not want THEIR foreign policies messed with.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD BLESS OF USA!

    “That’s correct,” Taylor admitted.

  2. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/11/07/top-state-official-sounded-alarm-about-conflict-of-interest-linked-to-hunter-bidens-work-in-ukraine/

    The United States spent “roughly half a million dollars” in support of a Zlochevsky-linked investigation in 2014 — the year Burisma hired Hunter, Kent revealed.

    Kent indicated that then-VP Biden’s staff dismissed his concerns about Hunter’s work in Ukraine.

    “The message that I recall hearing back was that the vice president’s son Beau Biden was dying of cancer and that there was no further bandwidth to deal with family related issues at that time,” he testified.

    “That was the end of that conversation” about Hunter Biden’s conflict of interest in Ukraine, Kent later added.

    So in 2014 WE the PEOPLE’s tax dollars were used to investigate corruption on the Board Hunter Biden was on.

    But excuse was Beau Biden was dying of cancer, so all of it was “shoved under the rug”.

    It’s now 2019, and because of this We the People are being made to endure this “Partisan Witch Hunt” against our President. And nothing has been done for We the People in 3 years due to this.

    Hilary, Biden, Kerry ALL had personal quid pro quos thru the State Department. Lots of private servers I guess. Their foreign policy for personal gain. Treasonous.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD BLESS THE USA!

  3. As the Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry” probes deep into conversations between President Trump and members of his administration with Ukrainian officials, Republican Senator Rand Paul says it’s crucial that both sides of the aisle are held accountable. While speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Paul called for an investigation into the Democratic senators who requested information into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort back in 2018.

    “If anything’s consistent here, both parties have tried to involve themselves in Ukraine,” he stated. “So for example, four senators, Democrats, wrote a letter to the Ukrainian government and said if you don’t keep investigating Trump we may reconsider our bipartisan support for your aid.” and of course thats not a illegal thing .???.. for the democrats but only for trump .. socilisimis communism .. and your seeing it first hand this election TRUMP 2020
    Sara, Pat Gray, Jason Buttrill, and Rob Eno remind us that, amid the smorgasbord of impeachment insanity, President Trump is making major accomplishments, as exhibited in today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    https://rawconservativeopinions.com/2019/10/30/the-plundering-of-ukraine-by-corrupt-american-democrats/

    How many times have we heard from Democrats that “no one is above the law” in reference to President Trump? That is true, but neither is Congress above the law. It cannot substitute its own criteria for those mandated by the Constitution. The House vote may have been necessary to establish procedures. But the partisanship strongly suggests that what Hamilton regarded as the greatest danger may be on the horizon, namely a vote to impeach a duly elected president based not on “real demonstrations of innocence or guilt” but rather on “comparative strength of parties.
    ”https://americanpoliticaldaily.com/rudy-guiliani-is-back-and-he-has-a-brutal-message-for-dems/

    “When government takes away it’s citizens right to bear arms it becomes the citizens’ duty to take away governments right to govern.
    ” -Accredited to President George Washington

    https://welovetrump.com/2019/11/04/fox-news-gregg-jarrett-says-whistleblower-was-working-with-schiff-to-spy-on-trump/

  4. Schiff is calling anyone and everyone that has a government job to testify even though they have no knowledge of what happened on that phone call. Just a phony show by a phony person that lies for a living. Schiff is releasing transcripts of the depositions. They, the transcripts, should be certified by those who gave the deposition as being correct. Just do not trust Scjhiff.

    • While shifty blows and howls about his witch hunt his own district here in CA is burning to the ground. Priorities? I don’t think so. How about it Schiff-head?

  5. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/11/08/report-impeachment-witness-marie-yovanovitch-caught-in-apparent-falsehood-under-oath/

    Ah Schiffy, another one caught with falsehood under oath.

    “Tucker Carlson asked, “The question is, did Schiff’s office tell other Democrats on Capitol Hill what was in the complaint? In other words, how long did this effort play out in secret before the rest of the country learned of it?”

    Hey they are just like ABC squashing the story on the pervert Epstein. Because Hilary said so because she was running for office. Now it’s Biden’s turn.

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP! GOD BLESS THE USA!

  6. Saludos. Viene a mi imaginación que el partido democrata sabe que está tan corrupto y no tiene alternativa esta haciendo esta falsa para que los culpables salgan a la luz y sean acusados pues su propio partido no puede hacerlo. mi deseo es que acabe ya todo esto y que vayan todos a la carcel.

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