A brief update, from Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and it’s important :
Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26. While Ambassador Volker and I visited the front, this member of my staff accompanied Ambassador Sondland. Ambassador Sondland met with [Zelensky aide Andrey] Yermak.
Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kiev. The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone asking Ambassador Sondland about “the investigations.” Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.
Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for. At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness. As the Committee knows, I reported this information through counsel to the State Department’s Legal Adviser, as well as to counsel for both the Majority and the Minority on the Committee. It is my understanding that the Committee is following up on this matter.
This shows that Trump was absolutely aware that he made a demand to investigate his political rivals (in exchange for already-approved, taxpayer funds). That’s extortion.
Here’s the point: Democrats must make the clearest possible case that The Russian Usurper exploited the power of the presidency to further his domestic political aims at the expense of American national security. This testimony is an absolute building block in making that case.
Mr. Bennett has a take that is spot-on.