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DOJ open to reviewing credibility of any Ukraine-related material: Barr
"Even after the acquittal of the president his lawyer Rudy Giuliani is pursuing allegations of corruption in Ukraine this past week Attorney General William Barr said the justice department would carefully scrutinize what Giuliani finds last July president trump made the phone call to Ukraine that led to impeachment he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate a mysterious Democratic National Committee computer server that Mr trump said was hidden in Ukraine we have found that odd request is a story that has grown over the years and was influenced by Moscow you may have wondered how the president was impeached over Ukraine of all places the answer is in the story of the mystery server a reminder that the US and Russia have been on opposite sides of a war in Ukraine since Russia's invasion in twenty fourteen Ukraine security is important to our security and the reason I believe that is that Ukraine is on the front line few people understand what's at stake as well as ambassador bill Taylor he led the U. S. embassy in Ukraine as the trump administration withheld military aid while pressing for investigations of Democrats it was a logical that could not be explained it was crazy trailers testimony carried the weight of his resume west point one hundred and first airborne in Vietnam thirty three years as a diplomat and an expert on Ukraine the Russians are fighting a hybrid war against Ukraine but not just by the crime they're fighting hybrid war against Europe and against the United States the war that the Russians are fighting in Ukraine we have a stake in we have a stake in but it's not just the military war was the cause hybrid wars more than tanks and soldiers hybrid war is information war it's cyber war made its economic war it's a tax on elections and as we know they've attacked our elections the Russian attack on the twenty sixteen election included hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee US intelligence agencies found the Russian government inspired to help president elect trump selection chances when possible by discrediting secretary Clinton former deputy national intelligence officer and see I a Russia analyst Andrea Kendall Taylor worked on that report the report itself is based on a large body of evidence that demonstrated not only what Russia was doing but also it's intact and it's based on a number of different sources collected human intelligence technical intelligence you seem to be saying that the evidence is convincing that this isn't a close call that's absolutely right if you read the intelligence report it's the consensus view of three intelligence agencies at CIA and NSA and the FBI I'd like to highlight from the same conclusion was reached by the Republican led Senate select committee on intelligence the committee's report on Russian interference was unanimously approved by all of its democratic and Republican members rushes uses social media to him a credit mark Warner is vice chairman the Russian project was a top down government run covert operations that hacked into the DNC an individual's personal emails and weaponize that information to release it at the most important times but the idea that the trump campaign was helped by Russia even unwittingly was a unanimous judgment Mr trump would not accept and by the way folks just in case you were curious no Russia did not help me okay Russia the Russian hopes Mr troop begin a campaign to discredit the intelligence community's conclusions he tweeted so how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers in Mr trump's telling the FBI failed to look for evidence on the Democrats computer network the story of the mystery server was born you dealt directly with the FBI I did yeah sure would Robert Johnston was an investigator of the DNC hack for crown strike a leading cyber security company hired by the Democrats the same he told us the FBI didn't physically examined the DNC servers because crown strike gave the bureau copies of the data from the servers if there is also a server for a computer system of any kind that's involved in the incident you can take an exact bit for bit digital copy of what's on that system now that digital copy is just as good as having the real thing as far as you know the F. B. I. god what it needed and what it wanted exactly and and evidence of that is you don't hear the FBI complaining he's right a former senior government official familiar with the investigation told us that the FBI would have preferred to work along side crowd strikes investigators but the Democratic National Committee decided to give the bureau digital copies of its servers instead the official told us this was acceptable in fact even typical in FBI investigations the F. B. I. use the data to help indict twelve Russian intelligence agents for hacking the DNC but Mr trump's tweets persisted why did the DNC refused to turn over its server to the FBI and where are hidden and smashed DNC servers there were more than one hundred forty servers and the Democrats network but Mr trump created an image of a single box of incriminating information where is the server I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying with that being said all I can do is ask the question my people came to me Dan coats came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia I have president Putin he just said it's not Russia I will say this I don't see any reason why it would be but I really do want to see the server that statement leading Russia off the hook course president trump to issue a retraction the next day we'll probably through all of this Vladimir Putin wasn't just standing idly by he was working to shift blame away from Russia what we can say is that Russia did what Russia dies and that is piling on they amplify those narratives in ways that than advance Russia's own interests they look for conspiracy theories that are already out there they're picking up on elements or narratives that already exist in a society and amplifying those narratives that advance Russian interests the interested Putin was to drive a wedge between his enemy Ukrainian and Ukraine's most important ally the United States I successful prosperous western oriented Ukraine provides a direct threat to Putin's hold on power he can't how the successful Ukraine on his southern border because then it demonstrates to Russians what is possible we need to weeks after Mr trump's inauguration Hooton said in this news conference you it was not Russia that help Donald Trump but Ukraine that helped Hillary Clinton Russian media and U. S. conspiracy websites began to spend suspicion of Ukraine ultimately those rumors appealed to Mr trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani who was working to discredit the investigations of Russian meddling in twenty sixteen and there were concerns that there was another game being played another channel that Mr Giuliani was involved as head of the U. S. embassy in Ukraine bill Taylor was frustrated that Giuliani was agitating for investigations that were never official US policy did anyone at the state department ever direct you to investigate whether there was a server in Ukraine so why not no internet search for no one perhaps except the president in twenty seventeen for the first time he added Ukraine to the story of the server in an interview he said why wouldn't Hillary Clinton allow the FBI to see the server they brought in another company that I hear is Ukrainian based crown strike the reporter asked that's what I heard I heard it's owned by a very rich Ukrainian the securities and exchange commission shows that crowd strike is incorporated in Delaware and based in California it's larger shareholders are American venture capital firms over the years crowd strike has been hired by both the democratic and Republican parties so the server they say is held by a company whose primary ownership individual is from you perfect I'd like to see the server are there any links to your knowledge between crowd strike and anyone in Ukraine not to my knowledge was this something that the embassy was concerned about no during the investigation you were leading the crowd strike ever send any of the DNC's computer hardware to Ukraine now that that is that is insane and that is not within the realm of reality last July reality suffered a final blow the story Mr trump first adopted as a server the FBI was blocked from seeing and then became the server investigated by a Ukrainian company finally morphed into the server hidden in Ukraine in the call after the Ukrainian president ask for anti tank missiles to defend himself from Russia Mr trump replied I would like you to do us a favor though they say crowd strike I guess you have one of your wealthy people the server they say you crane hazard this was the first favor Mr trump asked for even before his request that Ukraine also investigate the son of vice president Biden this past November Mr trump spoke by phone to fox and friends the server to cloud strife or whatever it's called which is a country which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian and I still want to see that server you know the F. B. I.'s never gotten that server that's a big part of this whole thing why did they give it to Ukrainian company they did that are you sure the David to Ukraine well that's what the word is the word that Ukraine was involved was amplified by the president's defenders in the impeachment inquired think pointed to a twenty sixteen opinion article and social media posts written by Ukrainians that were critical of Mr trump as though they were equivalent to Russia's covert campaign targeting U. S. computer networks voting systems and social media Fiona hill Mr trump's former senior director for Russia on the National Security Council warned the committee some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that pops somehow for some reason Ukraine days this is a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated in propagated by the Russian security services themselves what are the chances that this whispering campaign about a Democratic National Committee server in Ukraine is actually a Russian intelligence operation the Russian disinformation operation the Russians are very good and fast it's these fake stories that they have propagated and that's what they do they do it pretty well we have to be on guard against the that is the diversity from Vladimir Putin's perspective it worked last November as impeachment played out in America's next election season was under way he said at this forum thank god no one is accusing us of interfering in the U. S. selections anymore now they're accusing you cranes assembly not we reached out to the White House multiple times on this story but they did not
Trump Impeachment Inquiry: A Quick Recap
"More as Democrats and Republicans on the house intelligence committee ended what is likely their final impeachment hearing chairman Adam Schiff asserted president trump's conduct went beyond Watergate this president believes he is up all the law beyond accountability ranking member Devin newness called the hearings a show trial the latest attempt by Democrats to oust the president from office and their Russian dossiers and investigations fail to do the job they moved to plan B. the Ukraine helps those closing statements as this impeachment inquiry prepares to move to the house Judiciary Committee followed almost thirty three hours of witness testimony it began with ambassador bill Taylor who tried to show the importance of Ukraine to America's national security premiums or fighting Russians and counted on not only the training and weapons but also the assurance of U. S. support Taylor said in a regular policy making channel had taken over in Ukraine view reinforced by ambassador Marie Evanovich who questioned whether president trump was listening to people with interest be on national security they found Americans willing to partner with them and working together they apparently succeeded in orchestrating the removal of the US ambassador and colonel Alexander vin men raised alarms about making diplomacy personal is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent and then came ambassador Gordon saman central assertion Mr Giuliani's requests were a quid pro hello for arranging a White House visit for presidents Lynskey and that brought us to David Holmes and Fiona hill to normally unseen players want a career foreign service officer the other a national security analyst they entered the spotlight and provided a cinematic finish to the public impeachment hearings I could hear the president's voice through the ear piece of the phone isn't voice was loud and recognizable David Holmes called it a distinctive experience to over here president trump on the phone with ambassador Gordon Solomon I dinner president trump ask so he's gonna do the investigation master Stalin replied that he's going to do it adding a presence Lynskey will do anything asked him to do when the call ended home stole democratic staff attorney Daniel Goldman he asks on then for his impression of the president's view of Ukraine what ambassador son one say to you it is it doesn't really care about Ukraine use
"bill taylor" Discussed on KTRH
"In a diplomat bill Taylor told lawmakers in closed door testimony that he over heard president trump in the U. ambassador Gordon silent discussing potential investigations into the bidens over the phone someone told lawmakers he doesn't remember the conversation that way I do not recall mentioning the bidens that did not enter my mind it was for Riesman two thousand sixteen election in his deposition home said Simon told him when it comes to Ukraine present trouble only cares about the big stuff like the Biden investigation Dr Fiona hill a Russia expert is also testifying today in Washington Rachel Sutherland fox news president lives rent free and the heads of the twenty twenty democratic contenders political insider crispa gala told Katie reaches Jimmy Barrett during last night's debate in Atlanta most of the debate centered around their hatred of president trump and his impeachment is there anybody in your as summation that stood out recently I think Tulsi Gabbard made some sense I think Amala here's had some pretty good points at times vanity rain for about eight point four seconds when senator Sanders actually said we can't be consumed by Donald Trump or will lose the election Nixon credit debate is scheduled December nineteenth at Loyola Marymount university in Los Angeles Katie races time coming up on nine oh three hot and cold trade discussions with China may continue next week according to the Wall Street journal China has now invited top US trade negotiators to Beijing for new face to face talks Beijing reportedly would like to set up a meeting before the thanksgiving holiday China's foreign ministry also said Thursday they will try hard to reach of phase one trade deal something that could impact the discussions however the Hong Kong act passed by the house and Senate and now on the president's desk should the president signed it China has vowed to take retaliatory action in these these bills in for Taco Bell jumping into the fried chicken war the bell plans to add crispy tortilla chicken tenders to the menu the goal is to compete with pop eyes and chick fillet do item features all white meat chicken marinated in a jalapeno buttermilk marinade and rolled in a tortilla chip coding and then served with creamy chili pepper sauce it'll be tested here in Texas and Ohio before it launches nationwide next year rockets snapped their a game winning streak with a one oh five ninety five loss to the Denver Nuggets last night and catch all your rockets action on sports talk seven ninety right now the Dow is down forty nine the nasdaq down sixteen S. and P. five hundred down three now more Michael berry stuck under this tree of sudden forty K. T. R. H..
"bill taylor" Discussed on WLS-AM 890
"They're two witnesses one is bill Taylor and the other is George can't let's talk about him so begin with George can't so Washington post has a pretty good run down as they say he's a Deputy Assistant secretary at the state department overseeing European and Eurasian affairs like bill Taylor the acting US ambassador in Ukraine can to peers have been privy to how trump point people were trying to get Ukraine to do his bidding and how those efforts were viewed by other administration officials who is regularly talking to Taylor and you heard about trump's phone call with Ukraine's president from the person who set it up lieutenant colonel Alexander payment so the problem George can never talking from he was not on the original phone call the only thing that George can't really has to say is how people outside of trump very very core inner circle perceived to transactions but as I said before that doesn't stand which motive that's what we're trying to establish motive in a murder and I watch it on the news I see that there's there's news about the murder on is I have an opinion about the motive of the person who committed the murder or committed the the homicide was self defense or was an actual murder we don't know okay well the only way you can know that is by talking to the person who actually committed the crime you can't talk to somebody who talk to some you talk to somebody to talk to somebody who may have talked to the person who committed the alleged crime that's when I met George can't here's what he's testified so far because all these people remember the very testified behind closed doors he testified according to Washington post the trump once Ukraine's newly elected president blunders once he to publicly and explicitly announcing investigating matters involving Democrats and wanted him to use words Biden and Clinton but here's the problem can do not hear this directly from from the rather from other officials who talk to people who talk to drum nine other officials he talked from other officials we talk to people who talked to trump so we are now hearing this for ten for ten from George can't I love the watch how Washington post couches that in the absence of people talk to directly from testifying reliably can make the stark is going into the White House effort to get Ukraine to root out corruption was actually an attempt to make them dig up dirt on from twenty sixteen point Hillary Clinton and a potential twenty twenty opponent former VP Joe Biden but the key part at senses in the absence of people who talk to directly to trump so what exactly is George can going to say to you and I don't already know can testified about how corrupt Ukrainians recorded it from personal lawyer to attack US officials with a campaign of lies about then ambassador Maria von image would eventually made its way to the president and I guess that that when some color to the idea the Rudy Giuliani was feeding bad information to the president of the United States yes some of his Ukrainian college but again there's nothing illegal about Rudy Giuliani feeding that information to the president of the United States must was acting as an actual foreign lobbyists in which case and so that's going to prom for Giuliani but being fed bad information and acting on that bad information by president trump is not illegal impeachable as bad judgment is not a legal or impeachable from Ken's private testimony can send potus wanted nothing less than president wants you to go to the microphone is a investigation Biden and Clinton that's what Ken said he heard in a text from Taylor okay but again Taylor was not talking to trump nor was he pretty to conversations between front ends one ski so what exactly does can have to do with anything basically they're now bringing an MSNBC commentator hers it could be five is on the right cable news commentators to talk about what they think of transactions that is not impeachable stuff it's not a visual stuff now the truth is the drugs can to set a couple of things after kind of helpful to Republicans he testified in his clothes testimony that if hunter Biden was on the board of the national natural gas company breeze well Joe Biden was the V. that that was a conflict of interest he also testified he raise those concerns with the Obama White House was rebuffed and told quote there is no further band with to deal with hunter is that's testimony from George can they couldn't act actually be damaging to the democratic democratic push is that is what is number one is being brought forth today there's one is number two is being brought forth today that is bill Taylor bill Taylor is the I. whose test who was texting with Gordon someone the E. U. ambassador as well as provoke a special on what you claim when the three of them appear to be sort of trying to navigate the thickets of trump's thoughts trying to navigate the tickets and what exactly does trump want in order to restore this eight now again the problem with the charge of very bill Taylor is that he's not the one who's actually talking to trump and the reality is there's only one chain of command that matters in this whole story and that chain of command is trumps real inner circle the people who actually talk much about this thing like when you're I've been saying this about impeachable offenses for a while and criminal and internal conduct or or political scandals for awhile the only political scandals enemy and the ten stick the politicians are the ones that are inherently personal which is my sex scandals tend to be very sticky no pun intended for politicians the fact is that a lot of politicians if you're a financial scandal you can always blame it on somebody else if your Bronco bombing or iris starts targeting conservatives randomly then you can always say what it was and I didn't tell anybody to do that they just kind of went and did that without my permission and we police that is very difficult to pin down a scandal on a politician that is not directly connected to the politician coming up we'll talk about the big questions that require answers if Democrats are going to have any plausible.
"bill taylor" Discussed on KCBS All News
"Star witness bill Taylor I mean that that's the plan not the best plan I've ever seen put together Republicans also pointed out you crane never did investigate the Barnes and it got the USA the president was withholding but not until after the whistle blower alerted Congress to what was happening countered East Bay Democrat Eric Swalwell so you don't really get points when you get your hand caught in the cookie jar and someone says Hey he's got his hand in the cookie jar and then you take your hand out which is essentially what my Republican colleagues and the president are trying to take credit for the hearings will resume next Tuesday with eight more witnesses schedule for the week Doug softened KCBS water says its new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content Twitter is defining political content to include any and that reference as a candidate political party government official ballot measure or legislative or judicial outcome the ban also applies to all answering candidates political parties and elected or appointed government officials however Twitter is allowing as related to social causes such as climate change gun control and abortion people in groups running such ads won't be able to target those ads down to users zip code though or use political categories such as conservative or liberal to target their ads just ahead on KCBS this is Matt Bigler why separate Cisco firefighters are getting the word out about space heater safety we try to just reach people wherever we can traffic and weather together with a lot of breaking it and we can take you to San Jose for double trouble with complete world closure of north found six thirty just pass one of one split and to boot in the accident apparently in or near back closure blocking the far white lane traffic on southbound two eighty is being taken off at McLaughlin and head of that closure in again that's it that interchange for south bound to weigh the becomes northbound six eighty and we're seeing slow down on south bound to eighty in fact almost all the way back to tenth street so that is a good place to avoid still seeing slow traffic coming out of San Francisco that is flowing that begins on northbound wanna one just before the highway eighty split and will continue out to the center rank ridge of the lower deck of the bay bridge but nothing in the way of slowing heading in and we have a problem being reported southbound eight eighty trust pass low Welling in San Lorenzo this is a stroll in the far left lane your next traffic update at eleven eighteen on the traffic leader yes area forecast partly to mostly cloudy overnight areas of patchy fog lows in the mid forties and low fifties a sunny day coming our way tomorrow the first in a little while temperatures warming up just a little highs in the mid sixties to the mid seventies and then sunny and warmer still for your Sunday temperatures in the low to mid seventies traffic and.
Public impeachment hearings continue today
"The the house house impeachment impeachment inquiry inquiry an an hour hour away away from from its its the the second second public public hearing hearing today's today's witness witness the the former former ambassador ambassador to to Ukraine Ukraine Marie Marie of of on on average average today today will will say say that that she she was was the the target target of of a a smear smear campaign campaign by by the the president's president's allies she will is expected to say in this hearing room today that she was blind sided forced out of her position after more than three decades of public service Democrats though say that she's the first victim the president's shadow diplomacy in Ukraine ABC's merry Bruce later today a closed door deposition with an aide to diplomat bill Taylor who over heard president trump talking about Ukraine and
"bill taylor" Discussed on Opening Arguments
"Talk a little bit about the the lawyers for for both sides I think you see you know not much needs to be said about. Dan Goldman Right. He was hired January Of Twenty nine thousand nine as soon as the Democrats assumed Control of the House of Representatives to assist the Intelligence Committee. Yes yeah so. He's been working for the Intelligence Committee. He's been working with Adam Schiff For the past eleven months and before that He was a prosecutor in in the southern district of New York. And you know he's great. You also saw an and a bunch of people have asked about this. You saw Steve Caster. Who is the Republican publican lawyer to whom most of the members of the committee delegated their time and And and I will tell you right in caster is also a very smart lawyer right watching him and there were certainly in my view questions. That were are stupid and Beth but I attribute that to the fact that you know that much of a case to work with toothpicks right. Hey Hey you don't have much of a case to work within. They're not trying to dispute the facts and be He. He is in in some sense. As far as I can tell a true believer right right he will you think so I was Gonna ask you if it which of those two things it was like. Is He a you know just a guy like well. I'll take them. They'll take your money but this case sucks which kind of what I was leaning toward or is he like now I believe what what is the thing that he is. A true believer of vent is getting really believe leave. The trump did nothing wrong here. So you're right to drill down on what I mean by true believers. So here's what I mean. He has spent fourteen years as a staff turney on the House oversight and Government Affairs Committee. Right he was one of the lawyers who questioned witnesses. During the Benghazi hearings is of course a member KNBR federalist society and has been endorsed by a rogue's gallery of members of the Intelligence Committee of members of the House. I should say Including Jason Jason Chafete. Trey Goudy like so. He he seems to be in one hundred percent alignment with the farthest farthest. Right wing of of the Republican Party He he is also willing to play dirty in these proceedings. seatings and again uncle Clarence. I know you're listening Here's here's my specific evidence right and does just to but these are two egregiously terrible things that I haven't seen reported in a lot of places right. The first by far are the. Most egregious is during bill. Taylor's deposition now not during yesterday's publicly televised hearings right but during the no vendor sixth deposition of Bill Taylor which was held behind closed doors closed off to the press But four which pursuant to HR six sixty. We now have the transcripts he outed the whistle blower outed the whistle blower in questions to to Bill Taylor where I'm going to link in the show notes. This is page two thirty five two to thirty six. If you don't want to know the name of the whistle blower and I'm not going to read it on the air Then don't read these pages but but but here was the line of questioning and again I wanNA give the full. Aw context so that you can see what he's doing so there's a question of all right who have you been talking to right and then question. When ended the fact that there was a complaint lodged about these matters? Come to your attention bill. Taylor's answer I'm not sure Mr Caster question the whistleblower complaint. When did that? I come come to your attention. Answer the whistle blower complaint question. Yeah answer I guess when I read it in the paper question okay which was towards towards the end of September or before it was made public. Taylor's answer no no no no in the newspaper question okay. Did anyone try and contact. Contact you to find out any information any first-hand information Taylor's answer no question. How frequently do you have conversations with the deny the director of national intelligence about these issues? Any answer I think not and then here we are question. Okay okay does a person by the name of and again I'm not gonNA state the name of of of the alleged whistleblower. Does the person by the name of that ring a Belfry you answer. It doesn't question so to your knowledge. You never had any communications with somebody by that name. Answer her correct. Now you WANNA steal man that line of questioning you can say right. It's just a lawyer. Zealously advocating thing right doing his job. that is it is totally inappropriate To out the name of the whistleblower in again I you can read this. The name is right there. This is not It's not sealed it's not redacted and since we know via Donald Trump junior that is part of the Republican Strategy to to bring down public wrath breath on this civil servant I find that dirty trickery. It's not something I would've done even in in. You know. Zealously advocating for my client. That's point one point two and and again I'll provide a link for this during Fiona Hills deposition He laughed openly laughed at her complaining about being smeared by Alex Jones on infowars which led to I again something. I haven't been practicing law for twenty three years something that I have never seen before. which was Fiona Hells lawyer demanding that the record reflect flecked that the questioning lawyer is laughing at the witness and you know that this is low no laughing matter and then led to castor Mr Garage? WHY WASN'T I? You know I laugh at a lot of things. It could just be right so So I'm going to I'm going to include that As well mic of that and as you will again. I'm not saying that this guy is a criminal. I'm not saying that he's evil. I'm saying I think it is fair to say that he is one hundred percent on board. With what the Republicans are trying to do. Sounds like a troll willing to fight dirty. Yeah he sounds like a lot of people who who are I. Guess you'd say supportive of trump. Where you can't you don't know if they're being ironic you don't know what they actually? He just sounds kind of like a troll but in the end I guess the only only thing you know is that they're probably glad about what's happening to the country. Yeah math that could be so So they're sort of your your legal background on the question is obviously like I think Thomas you and I probably both agree that like. It's so much better. Watching lawyers. Lawyers questioned witnesses than watching the members of Congress for instance and made it Kinda cool when they let the members of Congress questioned them that. I actually liked that a lot so I kinda like both. I like that. They started with the lawyers. That was a good idea. And then getting you know different members to Committee members to to ask questions. Actually that part kind of felt a little refreshing because it was like okay. Now we're not going to be in just lawyer speak mode. We're going to try to get a little bit more more of the storytelling aspect. You know there was somebody who went through I think it was Taylor's military history and stuff I was like wow that was very compelling And just I think that made for great soundbite material just in terms of like you know. Here's a sorry. I just get so frustrated with this whole thing. How could any objective observer look at these two witnesses and their records and the fact that probably Republicans they're not this is not a the liberal conspiracy and look at what they're saying and then on the other side you've got just a bunch of yelling about conspiracy theories and not objectively objectively? Say Okay. Well this is obviously one way like of course and you know it so let me say two things to that. Right number one I think this goes is to your point that that you have made all along that every step of the way you have been precious about and that is that once once there is an actual impeachment trial under way that public opinion will will will will shift because now you have the opportunity ready to sort of get unvarnished. Unin term mediated direct video and audio testimony from these people and you look at them and the average average person. Ensure like you're not gonNA shake loose you know the thirty percent of trump's core base right like they're they're they're lost right but can you shake loose. Uncle Clarence who looks at Bill Taylor And sees a career military civil servant you know. A Guy awarded awarded multiple medals for valor in Vietnam. Right like a you know you. You know you're not looking at Bernie Sanders up there right like you you know and I mean that no disrespect debris centers right. Like you know you're not looking at Dennis Kucinich who wants called for us. You know Have a love ring around the Pentagon John Rightly the this is. This guy's not a pacifist I also thought he there was a slight chance he was an OA listener on two occasions. Right at his. No no no no. I was not top five percent of my class at West Point I was top five at westbound I laughed at that one and then at he used our analogy from From Episode Three Twenty Six of describing Ukraine as being occupied coupon. I'd I think he said seven percent. I've seen figures as high as twelve percent. We said twelve percent but he said yeah. Seven percent of Ukraine's occupied. That's like if the Russians occupied Texas Yeah that yeah so well In answer to what you just said I'm gonNA forgive me but I just have have to get this out. I don't know if it's going to affect the public because we still everybody has to be a pundit and it's it's driving me crazy I was watching this on. PBS because I try I because I figure like we'll just do PBS. And they get done with the whole thing and even on PBS. Gosh Brian I'll try to minimize mice clown horn usage. You get done this whole thing. And we get this quote that could just be you know a parody of discourse in the media for now until the end of time which was well. I really don't think Democrats moved the needle on this one. Can we does everybody have to be a pundit describing what they think doc. Some sort of voter is going to think upon watch. Can't we do what happened. Did always used to be this way. Why why why is all TV? That wasn't anybody just sitting they're going. Oh well I've looked at the facts. I've seen the testimony. This is really damning. Should probably be impeach. It's all got to be not my reaction. It's gotta be what I think somebody will will. We'll react to doesn't matter. What the facts are? It doesn't matter what the crimes are. Nope all I care about is did Democrats move the needle. Yeah no I don't care if they move the needle it's not the voters job to impeach. It's it's the it's the representative shops you impeach and if the Senate job to hold that trial and we're treating this like if they if if there wasn't fireworks everybody all these pundits have some vision in their head probably from Perry Mason of what impeachment should look like like a guy should break breakdown and say I did it. I ordered the code. I ordered the bribery. Otherwise Democrats didn't move the needle and it's just driving me insane. It really is I. I couldn't agree more so I won't. I need to come down. So we're GONNA do an ad break. Hey.
Impeachment updates: Pelosi accuses Trump of "bribery"
"Just a day after the first public impeachment hearings house speaker Nancy Pelosi is pointing to a possible bribery charge against president trump the devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery Republicans have been making the argument that the president's pressure campaign in Ukraine may have been inappropriate but not impeachable bribery however is listed in the constitution as an impeachable offense top U. S. diplomat in Ukraine bill Taylor testified in aid of his over heard a phone call between president trump anti you ambassador accordance online during which the president allegedly asked about investigations by Ukraine into his political rivals but house minority leader Kevin McCarthy says that won't change his mind about impeachment you have a phone call with the president asked about an investigation none of that is impeachable so the answer is no on Friday former U. S. ambassador to Ukraine Maria von image will
Impeachment hearing testimony further connects President to Ukraine pressure
"The member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking ambassador song and about the investigations the top US diplomat in Ukraine bill Taylor heard they're providing new information during the public face of the impeachment inquiry yesterday Taylor and senior state department official George can't were questioned by house committee members with a recap of what happened a look at what's ahead I'm joined by a bee season as delicate terror on Capitol Hill and as thanks for being with us today and yesterday a lot of explosive testimony in a lot of a lot of a tense moments Tom good morning yes we don't expect any new facts really to come out of that so that their new revelation about this new phone call came as a bit of a surprise we thought we had all the fact that these witnesses had already testified behind closed doors and under deposition transcripts were believed that we thought that the testimony be these public a hearing to be more about shaping public opinion which they were but we did get this big new revelation about that phone call the new phone call we found out about between president trump and he went out there bored in Farmington during which a bill Taylor the top US diplomat you Craig said one of his staffers over heard from talking about investigation so that's a big deal because it is the second time that we know of that in which trump mention these investigation and it's relevant because that directly implicates the president one of the arguments we had heard recently from Republicans is that you know maybe they're worse Tom at the state department wore some kind of rogue actors like the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani that we're trying to pressure you crane to investigate the president's political political opponents but that these were people that were acting at their own accord and that there was no evidence that president trump was directly implicated here they there the revelation of this new phone call paints a very different picture and shows that president president trump was actually involved here he says he doesn't recall the phone call and of course those on the GOP side say is secondhand information it's hearsay and so they're definitely try to put this to rest exactly the president trump without the got the phone call yesterday he said he does not recall at that phone call and and you're exactly right that has been the argument that we're hearing from Republicans that we've been hearing for a look for a a little bit now but that they are certainly making hi going forward is that this is all hearsay and that a lot of the evidence that is coming to light as part of the hearings and whether it closed door deposition their public hearings now is it secondhand information that is here say you know when in this case an indicator that phone call they're saying well this is bill Taylor talking about doctor of his who overheard this conversation the Taylor himself did not hear the phone call Kaelin himself who had no idea what the president was really thinking or doing for that the main argument argument that we're hearing from Republicans Democrats are countering that anything you know you can make that argument but nobody's really disputing the fact here and they're all the thing if you're really concerned about here say then you should let witnesses with first hand knowledge of these events come in and testify people like Mike Pompeii Mick Mulvaney Rudy Giuliani so far the White House has blocked those witnesses from testifying White House would say that it's because they don't want to legitimize the inquiry they are blocked from just to find out who is testifying tomorrow we have an economy the former ambassador to Ukraine she will be appearing publicly she's also already cooked by behind closed doors she will likely shed more light on the role that Rudy Giuliani played here and that kind of so called shadow foreign policy that Rudy Giuliani with conducting in in Ukraine she was actually removed from her post before everything happened with that phone call between president trump and the president of Ukraine and before the the assistance to Ukraine with that helps you won't be able to shed much light on that but she will talk a little bit more about the role that you usually on a plate here all right thanks so much and as for a break that down force all do a great job we appreciate joining us again that's an as delicate her on Capitol Hill in
Top diplomat to Ukraine reveals staffer heard Trump talk about investigating Bidens
"Radio career diplomats were the first to publicly testify in the house impeachment inquiry into president trump's top diplomat to Ukraine bill Taylor told lawmakers one of the staffers over heard president trump talk about investigation with the ambassador to the E. U. Gordon silent the day after the president's July twenty fifth phone call with Ukraine's president ambassador Taylor the member of my staff asked investors on than what president trump thought about your great as a song responded that president trump cares more about the investigations of Biden Eckhart's financing quarters reports lawmakers now what I hear from that staffer Democrats announced that David homes that embassy staffer who overheard the president's phone call will be coming in on Friday for an interview behind closed doors while there are four more days of public hearings scheduled this week and next at a White House press conference yesterday president from cold killers claims secondhand information former ambassador to Ukraine Maria Jana which will make her public testimony Friday eight more witnesses are scheduled to testify next
"bill taylor" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"Ambassador bill Taylor told the house intelligence committee of a new revelation shared with him by a staff member last week that staff member says he heard a phone call between president trump and ambassador Gordon someone in which the president is heard asking about Ukraine investigations the Republicans are denouncing the testimony as hearsay Democrats were specifically deflated by Republican Jim Jordan declaring that some of the text traffic on this with six different people having four different conversations that was simply hard to fall we got six people have been for conversations in one sentence and you just told me this is where you got your clear understanding I mean I've seen I've seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this now the Democrat her bottle all that is they're relying on second and third hand accounts in some cases because the president is the one not letting first hand witnesses like issues that Mick Mulvaney come up and testify president trump was asked about that call and denied having it he told reporters quote first I've heard of it public hearings in the trump impeachment probe continue tomorrow the hearing will feature testimony from former ambassador to Ukraine Marie your bottom edge eight more witnesses will testify next week well the next democratic presidential debate will have to go on without former San Antonio mayor Julio in Castro he badly missed the minimum quality qualifications that by the party political expert cal Jill said of us abuses Castro failed to catch on even among Latino voters so it's not just short of Anglos that have ignored him his his draw among Hispanics Latinos is is very very modest and I think substantially less than he might have a magic Johnson's as a forty five Castro isn't done with politics and he suspects will continue to see him in a leadership role in the Democratic Party Kerry lucky news or radio twelve hundred W. O. a I mean well another Democrat is jumping into the race former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said in his presidential announcement this won't be easy and it shouldn't be with everybody trying to get oil and gas from the state's fracking fields to market tons of new pipelines are being built and after one almost crossed over the Edward's aquifer the city's trying to protect the city's water source but city inter governmental relations director Jeff coil says there is not much the city can do local.
As public impeachment hearings open, the surprise was that there was a surprise: Analysis
"Analysis now from Parkinson's justice department reporter at U. S. A. today he watched all five plus hours of testimony and is here to go in depth bart your take aways well I guess the biggest surprise walking out both by lawmakers and by observers in the room was that was how quiet was how polite the hearing was it going into it we expect a lot of animosity we you know you could have had a lot of maneuvering about witnesses about debating about how the hearing gets handled and really there was very little of that not very much to both sides took it very seriously every bit of the day it's remain holed lawmakers with with a standard hearing you might have people coming and going all day people sat in their chairs they listened for what wound up being about six hours with a couple of short recesses so the collegiality the politeness was sort of a surprise given the strong feelings on both sides of the issue about what ought to happen yeah so what that's an interesting point why the civility all of a sudden well I think both sides I think everyone recognizes that there's a national audience now there's potentially millions of people nationwide watching this on television they're going to be trying to make up their minds about the witnesses what what information is being conveyed and I would argue but my sense of it was that both sides I think they have a winning hand the Democrats basically chairman of the intelligence committee Adam ship by California Democrat laid out the argument at the beginning saying you know president Donald Trump to ask you crane to conduct an investigation into his political rival former vice president Joe Biden in addition he withheld military aid that the country desperately needed in its resistance to Russia and if you think that either of those things is an abuse of power that could lead to an article of impeachment in addition the president maneuvered in a couple of ways to prevent Congress from learning about this he told the state department and other agencies not to cooperate not to submit to subpoenas and so that could potentially be an obstruction of Congress article of impeachment so do you think they have a strong argument yeah but meanwhile the Republicans Hey the president of Ukraine Vladimir's alleged he didn't know military aid was being withheld when trump asked for an investigation of the bidens the aid was released without any investigation being announced on September the it was released on September eleventh and so the Republicans are just hammering out represented John Radcliffe Republican of Texas just said there was no pressure there was no deal there were no conditions and basically nothing happened so they I thank you like they've got a pretty strong case for Singapore Jensen justice department reporter at USA today recapping day one of the public face of the impeachment inquiry into president trump what about this if these two were considered the quote on quote star witnesses on day one what about the next witnesses including into next week our they expected to move the needle or was this supposed to be a home run on day one I don't think no I I do not think that this was supposed to be a home run on day one I I think that these were witnesses to set the foundation of what the debate is and bill Taylor the Sade to fairs in Ukraine it took a lot of notes and he was sort of the guy who can lay out here's all the concerns here sort of the time line they laid the foundation of the debate then on Friday we're expecting more read your fun of it she is the former ambassador you to Ukraine she was recalled in April trump god didn't care for her she was also the subject of criticism by trump's personal lawyer Rudy guiliani for months saying basically they didn't like the way she was carrying out US diplomacy in the Ukraine and so they recalled her so he will talk about that campaign but not as much directly about the military aid in the phone call of the the phone call that trump had with president Lewinsky on July twenty fifth the next week we have another bunch of out of state and national security officials the one next week will be a lieutenant colonel Alexander vin man he is on the National Security Council he listened in on the call and he was somebody he he has denied being the whistle blower but he raised concerns about the political investigation even without even before you get to the military aid and so whether he those types of people especially been men will be showing up in uniform sports bar Jansen justice department reporter that
Taylor says staffer overheard Trump ask Sondland about 'the investigations'
"Is can the impeachment inquiry went public Wednesday with Democrats alleging that president trump forced Ukraine to investigate the bidens in order to get US aid Republicans continue to deny that charge to career diplomats were front and center CBS's Alison Keyes bill Taylor the top US diplomat in Ukraine testified that an eight over heard president trump discussing that nation with ambassador Gordon silent over the phone the member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking investor silent about the investigations but Ohio Republican Michael Turner asked Taylor if it was possible the things he heard from others were not true you could be wrong correct I am telling you what I heard them tell me Taylor told lawmakers he is not there to advocate any particular outcome Alison Keyes CBS news
Bill Taylor: Staffer Was Told Trump Cared More About Investigating The Bidens Than Ukraine
"At the impeachment hearing much attention was paid to diplomat William Taylor's testimony that one of his staffers overheard a phone call between president trump and he you ambassador Gordon Sunland leading to this exchange between Taylor and house intelligence chair Adam Schiff after the call when your staff asked Mister Simon what president trump font of Ukraine his response was that president trump cares more about the investigations of biting is that right amber is right yes Sir CBS is Nicole Killian with the president's response I know nothing about that president trump said he couldn't recall his conversation with some lane he also told reporters he didn't watch any of the testimony despite tweeting about it all day this old third hand information nothing directed all can't be direct because I never said it Taylor and fellow witness George can't call the freezing of aid to Ukraine a threat to US national security CBS news update I'm
"bill taylor" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Ecosystem that we were trying to help create the investigators the judges who issued the warrants. The law enforcement that had warrants to do the wiretapping everybody to protect his former driver whom he'd made a prosecutor that's what Joe Biden was asking remove. The corrupt prosecutor Joe Biden was participating in an open effort established whole of government effort to address corruption in Ukraine. That is correct. Great so Michigan as you look at this whole mess rudy. Giuliani president. Trump in your opinion was this comprehensive and whole of government effort to end corruption corruption in Ukraine referring to the requests in July. I would not say so yeah. I don't I don't think. President trump was trying to end corruption corruption in Ukraine. I think he was trying to aim corruption in Ukraine at Vice President Biden and at the twenty twenty election and I yield back the balance in my time time to the gentleman Texas MR and reckless. Thank you gentlemen. Thank you both for being here. It's obvious from your testimony today that you vote care a great right deal about. US Ukraine relations. It's also very clear that you're optimistic about president. Zielinski Ambassador Taylor you related. One of his first acts is an office was to remove immunity from deputies which had long been a source of corruption. I know you had a number of personal dealings with him. Has He given you any reason to question his honesty or his integrity. No Sir October Tenth Presidents Alinsky held a press marathon with over three hundred reporters where he said repeatedly and and consistently over ours ours that he was not aware of a military hold during the July. Twenty fifth call in fact in his official press release from the Ukrainian government available on his website that I'll be introducing into the record. He said our phone conversation bears no relations to arms. They blocked the provision of military assistance prior to our telephone conversation but the issue had not been discussed during our conversation. I mean.
Trump overheard in phone call asking about 'the investigations' in Ukraine
"Donald Trump had said he had no recollection of a phone call at the center of new revelations from the first public hearings of his impeachment inquiry the US envoy in Ukraine bill Taylor testified on Wednesday there's a member of his staff over heard the president directly ask about investigating the leading Democrat Joe Biden Mr trump said he didn't remember making
"bill taylor" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"That I heard of those and was surprised by those. I don't know I don't know president. Trump's reaction to those in the information published by a search lasts less Shaneco the former Ukrainian investigative journalist. And then he as a member of the parliament about the manafort Black Ledgers in August of twenty sixteen the very day that was published. Mr Manafort Ford resigned from the campaign. Correct I don't know Mr but certainly gives rise to some concern that there are elements that Ukrainian Ukrainian establishment that. We're out to get the president. That's a very reasonable belief of has correct. I don't know the the run up to the two thousand sixteen election many facts that remain unresolved agreed. What's the question? Many facts relating to the run up of the two thousand sixteen election that remain unresolved any further the attorney general in May of twenty nine thousand nine tests the US attorney for Connecticut. John Durham too. Broadly examined the government's collection of intelligence involving the President's campaign. That effort initially was an administrative review has turned into a criminal probe and US Attorney Durum is casting a wide net and following the facts where they may lead you wear of that. I'm aware that there is an investigation. That's that's as much as I'm aware and so to the extent any information resides in Ukraine. It's perfectly appropriate for the Ukrainians to try to get to the bottom of that for the Ukrainians to cooperate with with the United States through official channels to share that information correct. Wisconsin getting used to say that one again. I appreciate it if you restate. The question of the extent Ukraine rain has facts related to the roundup of the two thousand sixteen election that are under the US attorney Durham's probe Ukraine. Should it should cooperate. With the United States. And to the extent there Ukrainians doing improper things the Ukrainians oughta investigate that themselves. Correct the Ukrainian rain. Ian American relations are very supportive Ukrainians will will certainly be responsive to requests so in the present president on the call transcript to July twenty fifth raises with Presidents Lansky and he urges that there'd be a connection between the Ukrainian government and in and the Justice Department. Officially I mean that's the appropriate way to raise an issue with the Ukrainian president. Correct it's appropriate for the Justice Department and the Prosecutor General to cooperate and exchange information desk but to the extent. The president has concerns and to the extent. The attorney. General is is is having the US attorney. Durham look into. That is an entirely appropriate for the president to flag this for presidents alinsky. And say that you should be in touch with our official digital channels catcher. I don't know the precise appropriateness of these kinds of relations. Now were you involved either of you involved with the preparation for the seven twenty five call. I was not I was not. And how do you account for that. I mean you're the you're you were the two of the key officials with responsibility for Ukrainian policy. The President United States is going to have a call with the leader of Ukraine Crane. Why why wouldn't you ordinarily be involved with the preparation sir? We work for the Department of State in embassy overseas and in preparation for presidential phone. Call that responsibility lies with staff of the National Security Council normally if there is enough sufficient time national security staff can solicit acid- information usually from the State Department and we can draw on the embassy. But that's only background information and my understanding having never worked at the National Security Council. Is it national security staff. Write a memo to the president and none of us see that outside of the national security staff okay so the the charge or the the. US Ambassador Ambassador to the country wouldn't ordinarily be on a call with the foreign leader. That's correct would not and did colonel admit or anyone at the national security the council staff reach out to you. Mr Ken in preparation for the call. I was given notification the day before on July twenty fourth and to the extent I had any role it was to reach out to the embassy. Give them the heads up and ask them to ensure that this secure communications link in the office of the president of Ukraine gene was functional. So the call could be patched through from the White House Situation Room. Did you provide any any substantive advice to Colonel Van Minh about out about the call and what ought to be the the official position I was not asking I did not provide okay same McHugh invader the same and the.
"bill taylor" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"They were prepared or preparing to to do to make a public statement that is with a CNN interview. That was being planned. Those are the two pieces that that I know and that CNN interview was to announce these investigations as you understood it. That was the implication. That was certainly the implication. We've been focused a lot on the September timeframe but I want to go back to months to July before the July twenty fifth call and you testified five ambassador Taylor in your opening statement that it was in the middle of July when you understood that the White House meeting was first a condition on on these investigations is that is that accurate. Yes we were preparing. I agreed that the White House meeting was going to be an important step in Ukraine relations. So in in June and in early July attempts to work work out a way to get that meeting included a phone call and so there were several conversations about how to have this phone call. That eventually happened on July twenty breath and you described it in your opening statement a July tenth White House meeting with a number of officials where Ambassador Bolton used the term that something something was a drug deal. What did you understand him to mean in hearing that he said that use this term drug deal going? I don't know I don't know what about Sir Bolton had in mind and was that in reference to a discussion in that meeting related to the White House meeting that presidents residents alinsky wanted in connection to the investigations. The context of that comment was the discussion that that Mr Donahue Lewis who was Mr Bolton's counterpart Ukrainian counterpart those National Security Adviser had had with Mr Bowl and that conversation was was very substantive up until the point where the White House meeting was raised and Mr Van Dan Besser sunland intervened to talk about the investigations. It was at that point. That Ambassador Bolton cease the meeting closing meeting finish the meeting and told his staff to report this meeting eating to the lawyers and he also later then indicated to feel on a hill who was also participant. His staff that he he investor Baltin didn't want to be associated with this drug deal so it was. Ah The implication was it was the the domestic politics that was being cooked up and ambassador. Sunland say this in front of the Ukrainian officials to your understanding. Bus Abuser Sunland in the meeting where Besser Answer Bolton was having a conversation with his counterpart raised the issue of investigations being important to come before four. The White House meeting that had just been raised in Ukrainian officials worthy and Ukrainian officials. Were in that meeting now around this same time. I'm in mid-july. Did you have any discussions with Ukrainian officials about these investigations. I don't recall. Well let me show you a text message that you wrote on July twenty first where you wrote it again again to ambassadors Sunland and Volker and if you could just read what you what you wrote here on July twenty first Lorden one.
"bill taylor" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Mr Ken is pressuring Ukraine to conduct. What I believe? You've called political investigations Gatien's a part of US foreign policy to promote the rule of law in Ukraine and around the world. It is not is it in in the national interest of the United States. In my opinion it does not why not because our policies particularly in promoting the rule of law aw are designed to help countries and in Eastern Europe and central Europe that is overcoming the legacy of communism in the Communist system in particular particular the Prosecutor General Office was used to suppress and persecute citizens not promote the rule of law so in helping these countries reach their own own aspirations to join the western community of nations and live lives of dignity helping them have the rule of law with strong institutions. Is the purpose of our policy so in other words it is a purpose of our foreign policy to encourage for nations to refrain from conducting getting political investigations. Is that right correct. And in fact as a matter of policy not of programming. We oftentimes raise our concerns usually in private with the countries that we feel are engaged in selective political prosecution and persecution of their opponents ambassador. Taylor now that we've established that you ultimately did understand that. President trump was withholding the security assistance and a White House meeting from Ukraine until they announced these investigations to benefit his reelection campaign. Let's go back a little bit in time to when you first learned about this conditionality thirty and on September first so a little more than a week before that text we just read. You sent another text to ambassador Sunland and Volker. You're which should also be on the screen in front of you and if you could read what you wrote to them. Are we now saying that security assistance assistance and White House meeting are conditioned on investigations and ambassador. Sunland responded call me you know what information information had. You learned that prompted you to write this text message. I learned that in Warsaw after the meeting vice president didn't hence had with President Dolinsky Sunland had had meetings there and had described to Mr Your mock the assistant to presidents Alinsky that the security assistance assistance was also held pending announcement by presents Linski in public of these investigations before that I had only understood from that the White House meeting was condition addition. And at this time after I heard this conversation it struck me clear to me and that security systems was also being held. You said previously that you were alarmed to learn this. Why were you alarmed? It's one thing to try to leverage a meeting in the White House else. It's another thing. I thought to leverage security assistance security systems to a country at war dependent on both the security assistance and the demonstration of support. It was it was much more alarming. The White House meeting with one thing security assistance was much more alarming. Now Ambassador Taylor you in your opening statement you outlined a very detailed time line and in fact we have a written copy here and you included some phrases and words words in quotations. Did you take notes of this conversation on September first with Ambassador Sunland I did. Did you take notes. It's related to most of the conversations if not all of them that you recited in your opening statement Mr Cogan and what are those quotations that you include in your opening statement reflect. They reflect my notes on the exact words that I heard on that call so it was if those in quotes that meant that those are the words used on that phone call or in that conversation and did you review those notes before you drafted your opening statement and came here to testify did now. Is that how for example. You remember that ambassador. Sunlen was on on a train from Paris to London during a call and in July. That's correct and you are aware I presume that the state eight department has not provided those notes to the committee. Is that right. I am aware so we don't have the benefit of reviewing them to ask you these questions. Correct I understand that they may be coming sooner or later while we would welcome that you also testified earlier ambassador Sunlen Ambassador Taylor that president trump had delegated some matters overseeing Ukraine policy to ambassador Sunlen who is a big inaugural roll supporter of President Trump even though Ukraine is not in his domain of the European Union. Is that right. Several members several participants in the meeting room in Mobile Office with President Trump with with the delegation to the inauguration of presence Alinsky told me of that conversation and it was at that meeting as I understand it from several participants disciplines that president trump asked the participants to work with Mr Giuliani on Ukraine policy. How did you come to understand? That ambassador Sunland had a direct line of communication into president trump. I did when you testified or rather than that text message. I've asked her sunland says to call him. After you wrote that. Did you in fact call him. I you did. What did he say to you? You said that I had I was wrong..
Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign in first day
"For the first time in two decades and impeachment inquiry into a president of the United States is documented by public hearings this past day two career diplomats gave televised testimony and to president trump's dealings with Ukraine and merry Maloney is in Washington with the highlights of the day well rheumatic testimony about alleged corruption moved to the impeachment inquiry into president trump be on the shadows of closed door hearings into the public eye I discovered a weird combination of encouraging confusing and ultimately alarming circumstances bill Taylor the top US diplomat in Ukraine told Congress president trump leveraged key aide and a White House visit for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign after president trump and the president of Ukraine spoken July Taylor said president trump had a conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sutherland I will tailor testified one of his aides asked someone what the president thought of Ukraine as a song responded that president trump cares more about the investigations of Biden's Democrats want to prove president trump abused the power of his office the questions presented by this impeachment inquiry or whether president trump sought to exploit that allies vulnerability and invite you cranes interference in our elections Republicans described the allegations as here say they argue since Ukraine didn't launch investigations and eventually received funding ministration did nothing wrong I think this is a sad chapter for the country but frankly a good day for the facts and a good day for the president United States well the president blames Democrats for playing politics there was no quid pro quo simple I'm Mary
Trump prioritized Biden investigation over Ukraine aid
"And Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives today as a US congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's wants to multi presidency and to the crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing evidence was heard from two career. US diplomats Matt's William Taylor and George Kent who voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations. That would benefit trump politically one revelation in particular drew attention showing trump's keen interest in Ukraine investigating political rival. Joe Biden aiden. Taylor said a member of his staff overheard July twenty six phone. Call between trump and Gordon sunland a form of political donor appointed as as a senior diplomat. In which the Republican president asked about those investigations and Sunlen told him that the Ukrainians were ready to proceed following the coal which occurred a day after trump had asked Ukraine's president during a phone call to conduct these investigations. The staff member asked Sunland the US ambassador to the European Union. What trump thought about Ukraine said Taylor? The top US diplomat in Ukraine ambassador. Sunland responded that President Trump cavs more about the investigations of Biden which Giuliani was pressing for Taylor testified referring to trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in previously unheard testimony. Bill Taylor the acting. US Ambassador to Ukraine said a member of his staff was told. Mr Trump was preoccupied with pushing for a probe into Mr Biden. Asked by Adam Schiff the committee's Democratic chairman if that meant trump cared more about the investigations nations than about Ukraine. Taylor said Yes sir.
Bill Taylor Reveals 2nd Trump Phone Call on Ukraine
"Public hearings got underway today in the impeachment inquiry the house intelligence committee heard from William Taylor the top US diplomat in Ukraine they also heard from star from the state department said top Ukraine expert George can't the Taylor testified about a second phone call president trump had the day after his call with Ukrainian president Alinsky said that the one of his aides over her that second call in which president trump checked on quote the investigations Mr trump is denying knowledge of that second call saying first time I've heard of it do you swear or affirm that the testimony you are about to give is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you god Democrats are not trying to discover facts they're trying to invent a narrative and if the facts they need do not exist then they'll just make it up I'm not here to take one side or the other or to advocate any particular outcomes let me disagree restate that Mr can't are you a never Trumper I am a career non professional who service whatever president is duly elected in carries out the foreign policies of that president in the United States and I've done that for twenty seven years for three Republican presidents and two Democrat presidents ambassador Taylor you never Trumper no Sir I do not believe the United States should ask other countries to engage in selective politically associated investigations or prosecutions are worried about what I'd heard concerning the role of Rudy Giuliani it became clear to me that Giuliani's efforts to gin up politically motivated investigations were now infecting U. S. engagement with Ukraine leveraging presidents Lansky's desire for a White House meeting it's one thing to try to leverage a meeting at the White House it's another thing I thought to leverage security assistance security assistance to a country at war it seems you agreed waiting or unwittingly to participate in a drama but the main performance the Russia hoax has ended and you've been cast in the low rent Ukrainian sequel
Flares of Drama Inside the Impeachment Testimony
"Day of public impeachment hearings turn more heated this afternoon with Republicans digging into the testimonies of acting US ambassador to Ukraine bill Taylor as senior state department official George can't Indiana congressman Andre Carson asked can't about Rudy guiliani smear campaign against then ambassador to Ukraine Maria von of itch to which can't replied that campaign spoke more to Giuliani's character than that of the ambassador so my colleagues made this statement repeatedly that I've met with the list of lower that I know it was a glorious it was false the first time I said it it was false the second through forty time they said it it will be false the last time they said that was house intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff when he ended today's hearing by saying he will never reveal who the whistle blower is however senator rand Paul named the alleged whistle blower and call for him to testify as part of the impeachment hearings during an interview today on Washington DC based W. M. A. L. Paul was asked about a controversial remark he made last week when he called for the press to name the whistle blower but refused to do so himself today Paul named who he believed to be the whistle blower and said he should be brought in to clarify whether he is indeed the whistleblower for my colleagues made the statement repeatedly that I whistle blower is not protected from being asked who gave him the information because we can't have a country where the product contents of the presents from caller leak to people who are not supposed to be in that late the man senator Paul named a C. I. A. analyst was identified by rear clear real clear investigations as the whistle blower though that has not yet been
"bill taylor" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"Acting ambassador bill Taylor and senior state department official George can't congressman Peter well to Democrat pointed out president trump's desire to lash out at political rival Joe Biden is not in conflict with the constitution if the president wants to attack Joe Biden and his son he's free to do it all fares squaring campaigns is just not free to change our foreign policy unless he gets his way to a system in that campaign Republicans calling the investigation on fair and expressing frustration over one witness they won't be able to call Ohio representative Jim Jordan there is one witness one witness that they won't bring in front of us they won't bring for the American people that's the guy who started it all the whistle blower a vote on whether to call the whistle blower was defeated with continuing coverage the house impeachment hearings I'm Dave Packer ABC news now the latest traffic and weather together from the you see health traffic center you see health our clinical research and scientific discoveries allow us to offer new treatments for epilepsy patients learn more and you see health dot com slash epilepsy good sized backup now due to an accident on southbound seventy one between Red Bank and rage the left two lanes are blocked and a police cruiser is off to the right shoulder your heavy toward the Ronald Reagan south on seventy one in Clinton County an accident between seventy three in Wilmington road has traffic backed up to seventy three and an accident on south seventy fives went to Donald said on the right shoulder has you heavy back on the ramp from two seventy five there is an accident on US fifty in Ripley county Indiana west of our sales that accident has all lanes closed there.
Taylor says staffer overheard Trump ask Sondland about 'the investigations'
"Today the first public testimony in the impeachment inquiry was held today at the capitol and it was quite compelling we'll hear more impeachment is testimony coming up on Friday when Marie Ivanovic is asked questions by the house intelligence committee she's the former ambassador to Ukraine all here a little more now from ABC's Erin to Turkey on what exactly happened at the impeachment inquiry today they the two diplomats that requested were answering questions about the hold up of military aid to Ukraine the first impeachment hearing produce new testimony from ambassador bill Taylor that links president trump more closely to the attempt to convince Ukraine to investigate political opponents member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking investors on and about the investigations Republican Jim Jordan dismissed Taylor's information as secondhand even listen to president trump's call press unless he's call I did not you never talk to staff all the any I never did Taylor is able to testify privately later this week Erin Peters the ABC news
Impeachment updates: Diplomats reveal new details at first open hearing
"Report it is over at the day long public testimony by a pair of veteran diplomats both experts on Ukraine has ended both said there was pressure put on Ukraine to conduct investigations George canton bill Taylor we're specifically question about president trump's controversial coal to you cranes president you don't believe the July twenty fifth call was perfect what do you do I think some of the language in the call gave cause for concern and best seller I agree and what was the cause for concern for you the discussion of the previous ambassador was a cause for concern Republicans repeatedly said they want to question the still unnamed whistle blower Ohio's Jim Jordan this anonymous so called whistle blower with no first hand knowledge is biased against the president who work with Joe Biden who is the reason we're all sitting here today will never get a chance to question that
"bill taylor" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"I don't consider myself a star witness for anything they do you know I don't I'm I'm just I'm responding to respond to your question with this former ambassador bill Taylor and Ohio congressman Jim Jordan who is a recent addition to the house intelligence committee that is the committee conducting today's first public impeachment hearings the first public hearing in the house of each but in Korea as Democrats focusing on testimony about president trump according to witnesses holding up military assistance to Ukraine until Ukraine's president would make a public announcement of an investigation into the Ukrainian gas company Joe Biden's sons connection to it in a new word to bump conspiracy theory about Ukraine meddling in the twenty sixteen US election Republicans alleging the two long time diplomatic witnesses so far don't have direct knowledge the military aid went to Ukraine and no such investigation or announcement happened congressman John Ratcliffe Texas Republican at the intelligence committee hearing in this impeachment hearing today where we impeach president for treason or bribery or other high crimes where is the impeachable offense in that call are either of you here today to assert there was an impeachable offense in that call shouted out anyone with continuing coverage the house impeachment hearings Chuck secrets ABC news the latest traffic and weather together from the UC health traffic center you see health our clinical research and scientific discoveries allow us to offer new treatments for epilepsy patients learn more and you see health dot com slash epilepsy your slow spots right now northbound seventy five up from Kyle's up to the Brent Spence bridge southbound a crowd between as our Charles in the Brent Spence and you're having north bound seventy one in the construction between the lateral and stored latest accidents on field journal wrote it McCauley road crews are on the scene of a structure fire on central parkway south of humble downtown and put crews are taking care of a pedestrian that was struck on Vine Street that is at the intersection of goodness I'm rob Williams newsradio seven hundred WLW album his forecast from the advanced dentistry whether said we moving your fear of seeing the dentist with the help of IV sedation learn more at no fear dentist dot com clouds continue to build this afternoon the temperature doesn't prove just a little bit but hi thirty fours still leaves us twenty degrees below normal so it's partly cloudy with a low of twenty six and then tomorrow partly cloudy a little bit milder the high proves to forty four from your severe weather station on nine first warning meteorologist Jennifer catch mark newsradio seven hundred W. O. W. radar shows partly cloudy skies thirty two degrees news is a service of low T..
"bill taylor" Discussed on WTMJ 620
"The house of bill Taylor testifying describing what he called an alternate you regular foreign channel between the administration and Ukraine run by the president's personal attorney Rudy guiliani the force a foreign country to investigate a U. S. citizen who was a potential political adversary at the same time withholding promised military aid saying he and others sat in astonishment in an instant I realize that one of the key pillars of our strong support for Ukraine was threatened the regular policy channel was running contrary to the goals of long standing US policy and Taylor revealed a member of his staff over heard president trump asking European Union ambassador Gordon someone with the Ukraine would move forward with an investigation of Joe and hunter Biden Republicans this missing witness accounts of the president's phone call now as second and third hand with continuing coverage the house impeachment hearings I'm Dave Packer ABC news no class today in the shore would school district school canceled after high school student was found with a hit list and then you nation student arrested on Tuesday no weapon was found but the district decided that they would cancel class today time for the W. T. M. J. drinking associates market update right now the Dow is up fifty six to twenty seven thousand seven forty seven the nasdaq's up three eighty four eighty nine there's a B. as of three to thirty ninety four WTMJ hello W. E. I. dot com times ever traffic ninety four UN down highway sixteen all the way to downtown looking good it's your standard trip seventeen minutes.
Diplomat says aide overheard Trump ask about "investigations"
"Our top diplomat to crane bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant secretary of state George can't will testify sitting side by side the nationally televised hearings helping house Democrats bring their case against trump to life arguing he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to begin investigations for his own political gain correspondent Pamela brown says the White House is ready for whatever the hearings brand is a monumental day here at the White House and this is ray tion of the first impeachment public hearings and White House officials have been preparing an aggressive strategy is one administration source told me the White House believes it's on the offense another source I just spoke with said they are calm and confident president trump's aides expect you'll be live tweeting during the hearings he's already been tweeting about the inquiry this morning calling his opponents never trump version telling his followers to read the
Public Impeachment Hearings: What to Expect
"Update house Democrats wrapping up the impeachment inquiry with the first public hearing scheduled for this morning the first hearing before the house Intel committee will feature bill Taylor the top U. S. diplomat in Ukraine and George kept a high level state department official CBS is Rebecca Kaplan on how it all goes down today there will be an extended question and answer session ninety minutes in total split evenly between the majority in the minority so that first forty five minutes we'll see shift and one of his top investigators being able to question the witnesses uninterrupted for forty five minutes and then after that the second half goes to Nunez and one of his top
"bill taylor" Discussed on 710 WOR
"This isn't even third hand bill Taylor doesn't know anything yeah he's been presented as a star witness who's got the gardens that's finally got a male trump and only knows is what somebody told him that somebody said they told somebody else that that somebody else then said the president told them that yeah US diplomat bill Taylor during his desk a deposition last month identified The New York Times as the only source of his claim that trump wanted Ukraine to help him get dirt on Joe Biden trump never asked for dirt on that is an Adam Schiff completely manufactured for but regardless the ambassador to Ukraine bill Taylor and manage the New York times was the sole source someone he knew not hearing the phone call not talking to trump about the phone call not talking there's a lens give up but reading about it in The New York Times so he's there being called to testify by shifting his Democrats okay what do you know what I saw in the New York times that Bob that's it this is the same way that the F. B. I. use the media to get so called evidence before the FISA court the F. B. I. one plant a story in The New York Times The New York Times ran a story the FBI would then get the story from New York Times put it the rest of the file take it to the FISA judges say judge it's not just us that the FBI even The New York Times has this well the New York times had only because the FBI gave a job so Taylor is going up there as a first hand what doesn't only knows what he read in The New York Times and we all know how the New York times is making things up the transcript of the testimony described as Seldon Taylor exchanges follows what was the goal this is leaves out the New York Congress of what talking of terror what what was the goal of requesting investigations into the twenty sixteen election and Ukrainian company that employed hunter in Brisbane what was the goal Taylor well as I understand it from one of the may be the article in The New York Times about Giuliani's interest in Brisbane that article he just because I think you call surely on at some point the article indicates guiliani was is getting some information on by then that would be useful for Giuliani's quiet I think that's what he says he says he's got one client is folks Zelda says what was the goal of the president remember this guy's presented as an expert fact witness what was the goal of requesting investigations trump what's the goal of the president requesting investigations into the twenty sixteen election because that's what he was doing he was asking essentially for Ukraine to help bill Barr and to figure out how trump ended up being investigated by the FBI CIA so this fact witness is being asked to explain what trump was doing requesting the investigation of the two thousand fifteen bill Taylor well the article New York times says blah blah blah blah but guiliani but but but but it really is quiet bill Taylor doesn't know Jack but he's been presented to us expert this on a saleable here impeccable there and the only he knows what he read The New York Times now she knows this is what he's going to say this was not part of the released transport it was but if none of this was among the first leaked releases the chip gave the media does Aldon says then it your inference that Mr Giuliani's goal would be the president's call Taylor yes and your source is the New York times Taylor yes so do you have any other source that the president's goal making this request was everything other than the New York times I have not talked to the president I have no information about what the president was thinking well then why the hell are you even testifying I have no information from what the president was thinking so what we have here is Mister Taylor's opinion of what he read in The New York Times as a stand in for fact witness expertise testimony this is what I mean by there is nothing fox and how do you how do you read this what how do you treat this is substantive charge well I read The New York Times that the president was asking a refined dirt not Breitbart news story says that Taylor claimed it was Rudy Rudy Giuliani who requested the Lenski investigate Ukraine's meddling into the twenty sixteen election amber rose month but Taylor said that his thinking on this was based on the New York times article it's laughable is what this is I don't know frogs and then bill Taylor Ukraine on aware of US hold on a during July twenty fifth call quid pro quo impossible we translate bill tailored testified he's the ambassador to Ukraine that Ukraine all the US aid was on hold on July twenty fifth when the president was talking to the president Ukraine well my friends if you queen did not all that money was being withheld their cannot have been a quid pro quo the money was already being withheld before trump even made the phone call he could not threatening to withhold the aid it was already being withheld and Ukraine didn't even know it it turns out that bill Taylor admitted in his deposition he's never had any contact with trump or even Rudy Giuliani he admitted his only contact with John Bolton who was fired by trump and Fiona hill Alexander Vendramin and Jim Morrison that's it yeah and this is the star witness he never talked to the president he doesn't know all of this manufacturer but the code that garage yes there is this not Byron York with a great stories today in the Washington examiner that all three of these people Morrison Taylor and women all admitted that trump has helped to Ukraine considerably that Ukraine is in much better shape with defense money and other general aid than they ever were under Obama who did you crane aid even as the Russians were moving in and annexing Crimea from one notable and little reported conclusion emerging from the house Democrat impatient investigation is a consensus among some foreign policy professionals that trumps Ukraine policy has been an improvement over Obama's bill Taylor said so now I've got a lot of time together but the transcript of what he said about it here Tim Morrison said south so what is this receipt this is my point there isn't anything substantive here and yet the drudge headlines and CNN and everyone else you don't fox the make it look like their trump has been found guilty on all kinds of rotten things in at a White House is in dire straits right now with dire consequences emerging and and that they come up with the defense an explanation for this truck was told it's B. S. meanwhile ABC CBS NBC have stories about how excited they are they can't wait for inpatient IBM because they all remember how exciting Watergate was it was some of the most compelling TV they've ever seen and the American people are gonna be some I can't we can't wait they are doing nothing but living in the past and trying to make something from nineteen seventy two and seventy three become real again it Josh somebody like me the mayor of real ville Mr literal this just does not work my Kimberly stressful the Wall Street journal it's in the current issue of the Limbaugh letter in conversation with America's anchorman mistrustful proves that.
"bill taylor" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"This isn't even third hand bill Taylor doesn't know anything yeah he's been presented as a star witness who's got the gardens that's finally got a male trump and only knows what somebody told him that somebody said they told somebody else that that somebody else then said the president told them that yeah US diplomat bill Taylor during his desk a deposition last month identified The New York Times as the only source of his claim that trump wanted Ukraine to help him get dirt on Joe Biden trump never asked for dirt on that is an Adam Schiff completely manufactured swore but regardless the ambassador to Ukraine bill Taylor and manage the New York times was the sole source of what he knew not hearing the phone call not talking to trump about the phone call not talking digital Lynskey about the ball but reading about it in The New York Times so he's there being called to testify by shifting his Democrats okay what do you know what I saw in the New York times that Bob that's it this is the same way that the F. B. I. use the media to get so called evidence before the FISA court the F. B. I. one plant a story in The New York Times The New York Times ran a story the FBI would then get the story from New York Times put it the rest of the file take it to the FISA judges say judge it's not just us at the FBI even The New York Times has this well the New York times had it only because the FBI gave a job so Taylor is going up there as a first hand witness in only knows what he read in The New York Times and we all know how the New York times is making things up the transcript of the testimony described as Seldon Taylor exchanges follows what was the goal this is Lee is out of the New York Congress awhile talking to ten or what what was the goal of requesting investigations into the twenty sixteen election and Ukrainian company that employed hunter in Brisbane what was the goal Taylor well as I understand it from one of the maybe the article in The New York Times about Giuliani's interest in Brisbane that article he just because I think he called Giuliani at some point the article indicates guiliani was is usually getting some information on by then that would be useful for Giuliani's quiet I think that's what he says he says he's got one client is folks so Zelda says what was the goal of the president remember this guy's presented as an expert fact witness what was the goal of requesting investigations trump what's the goal of the president requesting investigations into the twenty sixteen election because that's what he was doing he was asking essentially for Ukraine to help bill Barr and to figure out how trump ended up being investigated by the FBI CIA so this fact witness is being asked to explain what trump was doing requesting the investigation of the two thousand fifteen bill Taylor well the article New York times says blah blah blah blah but guiliani but but but but imho it is quiet bill Taylor doesn't know Jack but he's been presented to us expert this summer saleable here impeccable there and the only Moses when he read the New York time now she knows this is what he's gonna say this was not part of the released transport it was but it none of this was among the first leaked releases the chip gave the media so seldom says that your inference that Mr Giuliani's goal would be the president's call Taylor yes and your source is the New York times Taylor yes so do you have any other source that the president's goal making this request was everything other than the New York times I have not talked to the president I have no information about what the president was thinking well then why the hell are you even testifying I have no information from what the president was thinking so what we have here is Mister Taylor's all pinion of what he read in The New York Times as a stand in for fact witness expertise testimony this is what I mean by there is nothing folks and how do you how do you rebut this what how do you treat this is substantive charge well I read The New York Times that the president was asking a refined dirt not Breitbart news story says that Taylor claimed it was Rudy Rudy Giuliani who requested the Lansky investigate Ukraine's meddling into the twenty sixteen election and bereavement but Taylor said that his thinking on this was based on the New York times article it's full laughable is what this is.
"bill taylor" Discussed on WSB-AM
"This isn't even third hand bill Taylor doesn't know anything yeah he's been presented as a star witness who's got the gardens that's finally got a male trump and only knows what somebody told him that somebody said they told somebody else that that somebody else then said the president told them that yeah US diplomat bill Taylor during his desk a deposition last month identified The New York Times as the only source of his claim that trump wanted Ukraine to help him get dirt on Joe Biden trump never asked for dirt on that is an Adam Schiff completely manufactured swore but regardless the ambassador to Ukraine bill Taylor and manage the New York times was the sole source someone he knew not hearing the phone call not talking to trump about the phone call not talking to Joe Lynn ski about reading about it in The New York Times so he's there being called to testify by shifting his Democrats okay what do you know what I saw in the New York times that Bob that's it this is the same way that the F. B. I. use the media to get so called evidence before the FISA court the F. B. I. one plant a story in The New York Times The New York Times ran a story the FBI would then get the story from New York Times put it the rest of the file take it to the FISA judges say judge it's not just us at the FBI even The New York Times has well the New York times had only because the FBI gave it to him so Taylor is going up there as a first hand witness in only knows what he read in The New York Times and we all know how the New York times is making things up the transcript of the testimony described Zeldin Taylor exchanges follows what was the goal this is leave Zelda New York congressman what talking a ten or what what was the goal of requesting investigations into the twenty sixteen election and Ukrainian company that employed hunter and there is not what was the goal Taylor well as I understand it from one of the may be the article in The New York Times about Giuliani's interest in Brisbane that article he just because I think you close your way on it some like the article indicates Giuliani was is getting some information on by then that would be useful for Giuliani's client I think that's what he says he says he's got one client is folks those elders has what was the goal of the president remember this guy's presented as an expert fact witness what was the goal of requesting investigations trump what's the goal of the president requesting investigations into the twenty sixteen election because that's what he was doing he was asking essentially for Ukraine to help bill Barr and to figure out how trump ended up being investigated by the FBI CIA so this fact witness is being asked to explain what trump was doing.
"bill taylor" Discussed on CNN's The Daily DC
"Someone and Volker and and some of the Ukrainians that were involved in that as well I just wanted to hear one scene we know that that he describes where he hears about the money hold up in this is his test irregular NFC secure video conference call on July eight eighth I heard a staff person from the office of Management and budget say there was a hold on security assistance to Ukraine but could not say why toward the end of an otherwise normal meeting a voice on the call a person offscreen said that she was from O. M. B. Office Management and budget and that her boss had instructed her not to approve any additional ending of security assistance for Ukraine until further notice he says I and other sat in astonishment Ukrainians fighting the Russians and counted on not only the training the weapons but also the assurance of US support all the staff person said was that the directive come from the president to the chief of staff to Owen be in an did I realized that one of the key pillars of our strong support for Ukraine was threatened the irregular policy channel was running country goals to the long standing US policy yeah this is when it starts to dawn on him that the nightmare is coming true and you can imagine you're the top US diplomat and Ukraine and you're listening to this voice offscreen and you're like wait what what what's going on with this nobody bothered to tell me that this was happening nobody bothered to explain to me why this is happening and it goes through and he's in Ukraine he's constantly meeting with these officials there who as the months dragged on begin to wonder what is going on on with this money and you can almost you're reading through his opening statement like feel this sort of sick feeling begin to take over Bill Taylor as it's dawning on him that that all of this assistance all of this money that Ukraine so desperately needs to protect itself from Russia is contingent on investigations that president trump wants to help him out politically yeah purely purely to help is domestic political the other thing Sarah I don't know if you did reporting around this but would don on me that I thought was like wait what he did not get a readout this is the ambassador to Ukraine from the US. I know not formal ambassador because he wasn't for but appointed to but this is our guy in Ukraine and president trump and president Alinsky have a phone call and he doesn't get a readout of the call he said he didn't get a full readout of the call until it was publicly released by the White House on September twenty two months later right at you know I think we now know why he didn't get a readout of the call because people at the White House we're beginning to panic once they realized what had happened on that call and it is funny you read through this and Bill Taylor does talk to someone at the NFC who says the National Security Council who says you know the call could have gone better and as I was reading that I just kept thinking of the number of times president trump has said it was perfect call it was a perfect call when immediately after the call is saying Ou could've gone better let me ask you this because I think there are two names that jump out of very prominently in Bill Taylor's testimony vice president pence and former national security adviser John Bolton do you see any way in which these two officials are not dragged into this impeachment inquiry they he he portrays them as having key moments in this unfolding narrative he's discovering the shift in US policy for the president's domestic political purposes I I definitely think that we are going to hear from Ambassador Bolton it's impossible to believe that we wouldn't I also think that you know look through what we've heard from Bill Taylor and from others Bolton was sort of working behind the scenes sounding the alarms and telling people go report this to a lawyer go report this Pompeo essentially Taylor I think the vice president is going to be a tough one and I think they're going to try to get as many other witnesses under their belt to build their case before they decide to go even further up the food chain I really feel like today's podcast should have been an hour so that we could read every line and analyze it it's amazing Sarah we've got so much more to discuss we've got calmness Matt Lewis Coming Up to join the conversation we'll be right back after this break.
"bill taylor" Discussed on CNN's The Daily DC
"Everyone. I'm David Chalian the CNN political director this is the daily DC Pitchman watch since there's absolutely no shortage of bombshell revelations in this historic impeachment inquiry we've got a new podcast for you every weeknight in a few months thank you for having me thank you now you had the amazing task an assignment yesterday to dig in to Bill Taylor's testimony before the House of Representatives before the investigative committees looking into this matter in Ukraine I I have to say I think what became crystal clear it yesterday is that the bill Taylor figure is going to be the star of the movie when this is actually on the big screen and that the narrative that he put forth in that opening statement is going to be the through line I some films are adapted from books this film is going to be adapted from the Bill Taylor Opening Statement I now he's probably doc thinking about who is GonNa play him in the movie version because I think he had a pretty big day yesterday but but it is a good question and look Bill Taylor was such a you know explosive witness for them because he is really the first person who sat in front of these committees and said here is the reason the I believed that the president was withholding this money from Ukraine this thirty assistance that Congress had already allotted to go to Ukraine that all of these other departments within the government had signed off on here's why I had every reason to believe the president was with whole living that because he wanted Ukraine to I go out publicly and say no we're going to investigate Biden and his family and we are going to investigate a conspiracy theory around two thousand sixteen and the idea that it was actually Ukraine that meddled and not Russia and this is what Democratic lawmakers have have really been wanting to get to even if they say publicly they don't need it to proceed with impeachment this is what they wanted to hear and Bill Taylor David to them and if I read through the fifteen pages properly at first I think Taylor thought that the money hold up was tied simply to a meeting between Alinsky and trump that that was the that that the getting an actual meeting on the books was the thing that was being talked about it wasn't until later it seems that he connected this term investigations that he kept hearing over and over again and that you just said we're clearly about Berea the Biden's that's Edward for Biden's the Energy Company and the Twenty Sixteen Server issue in the twenty origins of the two thousand sixteen investigation into the election interference but at first he wasn't even sure that the money was connected to that and when he became convinced that the money hold up was connected to the investigation that's when he really got alarmed right he he's sort of telling a- at first it was bad enough because Ukraine really wanted this face to face meeting their new president's alinsky one of this face-to-face meeting with President trump and it looked like that meeting was being held up and then come to find out and he doesn't just piece these things together on his own he has these suspicions but he has a conversation with Gordon Sunlen the ambassador the US ambassador to the European Union and it basically confirms all of Bill Taylor is worse fears that it's not just this meeting that is contingent on these investigations it's this meeting and also by the way these hundreds of millions of dollars and security assistance that has already been allotted to Ukraine that is also contingent on these investigations and this and you know Bill Taylor lays out in his opening statement and also these text messages that had previously been provided to the committee this is his worst nightmare come come true I mean he had to be convinced to take this job in the first place and and now he's finding out that everything he basically set out to do due to help Ukraine is being undermined by president trump and Rudy Giuliani at a couple of other figures running sort of shadow diplomacy in the administration yeah he says clearly there was a regular process that he was sort of helping to run as the presence the US presence in Ukraine and then this irregular process that he was occasionally party to but you see him throughout his testimony the way he builds his narrative his piecing together what was really going on in that irregular Giuliani run process with.