UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A US diplomat working in the US embassy in Ukraine gave a disturbing testimony on Tuesday to reinforce suspicions that Donald Trump used US foreign policy for personal political ends.
In testimony at a quickly leaked closed-door session, the US charge d’affaires in Kiev, Bill Taylor, recounted how the US president tried to pressure Ukraine to investigate the family of his Democratic rival Joe Biden as the 2020 election approaches.
Before the diplomat testified, Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday that the investigation to isolate him was not fair and stripped him of his legal rights. “All Republicans have to remember what they are witnessing here – deliberate unlawful killing unlawfully. But we will win,” he wrote on Twitter.
Taylor told the House of Representatives that US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sundland had clearly told him that President Trump had linked the release of financial assistance to Ukraine with Kiev’s announcement of an investigation targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, who was on the board of a Ukrainian company.
“Sundeland told me that everything was arranged by a declaration of this kind, including assistance,” he said in a 15-page statement in which the full text was published by The Washington Post.
The Democrats in the House of Representatives in the testimony of Taylor evidence that the suspicions that led them to initiate indictment and isolation against Trump, the basis of truth.
“Ambassador Sundland stated that he had spoken to (President) Volodymyr Zilinsky,” Taylor said in his statement.
“I understand that the ‘impasse’ means that Ukraine may not get the much-needed military assistance,” he said.
The diplomat confirmed that Sundland tried to clarify the logic of Donald Trump’s “businessman”. “When a businessman is about to sign a check for someone who owes him something, he is asking that person to pay the price before signing the check,” he said.
– “Very worrying” –
Many Democrats stressed the strength of the statement. “What I heard today from Bill Taylor is very worrying,” Adriano Espaya wrote in a tweet on Twitter, while Debbie and Wasserman Schultz saw it as “simply the most disturbing testimony I’ve heard so far.”
In a letter to Sundland in early September, Taylor expressed concern about the White House’s pressure on the Ukrainian presidency. “I find it stupid to link security assistance with assistance to support a political campaign,” he said.
Trump did not directly respond to the testimony, but his spokeswoman Stephanie Gresham saw it as a “campaign of slander” by “far-right deputies and unelected radical bureaucrats fighting a constitution.”
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday publicly criticized President Trump, saying he should not have used the term “premeditated murder outside the law” to describe measures to oust him. “Taking into account the history of our country, I will not compare what is going on with extrajudicial killings,” he said.
“The choice of this expression is regrettable.” The Republican senator, however, called the “very unjust” probe opened by Democrats in Congress in preparation for Trump’s removal. “I think the president has the right to make a conclusion about these measures,” he said.
Christine Clarke, president of the National Lawyers’ Committee under the law, said she was “disgusted by Trump’s mishandling of the phrase”.
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