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William Taylor to stand before House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees

Source : 112 Ukraine

The U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine is to testify in the Trump probe, having stated his disagreement
16:52, 22 October 2019

Ambassador William Taylor
Interfax-Ukraine

U.S. Congress's House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees continue to interview officials who could provide valuable information about Donald Trump's decision to halt the military aid for Ukraine. According to Reuters, there's one last figure in the list of these people, and it's William Taylor, the U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine.

"Committee members and staff are examining whether the Republican Trump abused his office by improperly putting pressure on Ukraine to launch an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival and leading candidate for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination. Taylor’s testimony is of particular interest to investigators because of his leading role at the embassy in Ukraine. He raised a concern about military assistance being withheld from Kyiv to put pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. The investigation was largely prompted by a whistleblower’s report that Trump may have pressured Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens in a July 25 telephone call", the news agency reported.

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In his conversation - rather, the exchange of text messages - with Kurt Volker, the State Department’s former special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Taylor said it was "crazy" of Trump to postpone the aid.

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"Committee members said they were eager to hear from Taylor. They want to know about the text messages as well as any telephone calls he may have had with other U.S. officials and with Giuliani, who has played an informal role in U.S. relations with Ukraine", Reuters reported.

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