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Pentagon official handling Ukraine and Russia appears in Trump's impeachment inquiry

Taylor called the exchanges between Trump, his advisers and Ukraine a “rancorous story about whistleblowers ... quid pro quos, corruption and interference in elections
18:20, 23 October 2019

CNN

Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, is expected to face questions about Trump’s decision to withhold $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine approved by Congress this year to help deal with Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. This was reported by Reuters.

Cooper appeared voluntarily before the lawmakers as the Pentagon had not blocked her from testifying. Trump's administration, however, had sought to block testimony by several other current and former officials.

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In an opening statement to lawmakers, Taylor called the exchanges between Trump, his advisers and Ukraine a “rancorous story about whistleblowers ... quid pro quos, corruption and interference in elections”.

As we reported earlier, the head of the US diplomatic mission in Ukraine, William Taylor, testified in Congress on President Donald Trump's pressure on President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. It was reported by The Washington Post.

Taylor confirmed that the US president made Ukraine dependent on military aid in order to get the investigation on Joe and Hunter Biden's, as well as Ukrainian officials who were interfering the 2016 U.S, presidential election.

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