Boom! Quid Meets Quo, Goes Pro: Confirmed


Axios has the full opening statement from Ambassador Taylor, and it is a knock-out punch to the Russian Usurper, Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo, and others.

They summarize it thusly:

Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, told House investigators on Tuesday that President Trump conditioned the release of military aid on the Ukrainian president’s willingness to promise to investigate natural gas company Burisma and interference in the 2016 election, according to a copy of Taylor’s opening statement obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Taylor’s explosive testimony, which relies largely on his conversations with U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, draws a direct line from congressionally approved military aid to Ukrainian interference in domestic U.S. politics — the quid pro quo that Trump and his allies have long denied.

The big picture: Taylor, a career diplomat who has served in multiple administrations, expressed concerns that there were two channels of U.S. policymaking toward Ukraine — one official channel and one “irregular, informal” channel operated by Rudy Giuliani, special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Sondland.

  • Taylor told lawmakers in a lengthy statement that by early September, he was informed by Sondland that both security assistance and a White House visit for Zelensky were conditioned on a public statement by the Ukrainian president ordering the investigations into Burisma — on whose board Joe Biden’s son served — and allegations of interference in the 2016 election.

Much, much more at the link.

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5 Responses to Boom! Quid Meets Quo, Goes Pro: Confirmed

  1. Redhand says:

    In a sane world, this would signal the end of the Orange Asshole. But the GOP of today is a fascist party, so this won’t faze the vast majority of them.

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  2. ming says:

    eVille Mike knows the pattern and you know it is coming.
    – It’s not illegal
    – even it is, it shouldn’t be
    – even if it is and it should be, it’s not a big deal
    – even if it is and it should be and it is a big deal, it’s done and you didn’t do anything about it
    – we can do whatever we want.

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  3. donnah says:

    “get over it”

    That sends me into orbit. I still hope Taylor’s testimony will be a big punch in Trump’s sizable gut.

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  4. roket says:

    No quid pro quo? Fine. How about quo pro quid?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Pyed says:

    Like Dumpf’s lack of understanding of impeachment, I’d be willing to hazard a guilder or two that the Tangerine Shitgibbon has no clear idea of what he’s alleging in Latin when he mentions quid pro quo.

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