US diplomat testifies Trump linked Ukraine aid to Bidens probe

WASHINGTON, The US Congress panels have stated that a testimony of the US top diplomat in Kiev affirmed that President Donald Trump has misused military aid to press Ukraine to open investigation into transactions of US presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son.

“The testimony of Ambassador William Taylor-a West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and nonpartisan diplomat-shows how President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine and conditioned its release… on the President of Ukraine publicly announcing investigations into debunked conspiracy theories involving the Bidens and the 2016 election,” chairpersons of the three Congress committees which cross-examined Taylor said in a statement Wednesday.

Taylor is the Charge d’Affaires Ad Interim for US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine.

The committees regretted that Taylor’s testimony laid bare “how this shadow foreign policy channel pursued by the President’s agent, Rudy Giuliani, with the assistance of Ambassadors Sondland and Volker, placed immense pressure on the Ukrainian government to accomplish the President’s goal.

Ambassador Taylor makes clear why this military aid and continued bipartisan support for Ukraine are so critically important He also warned that these efforts to undermine US foreign policy for domestic political reasons were so damaging, reads the statement.

In the meantime, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said today that acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is not expected to appear for testimony Friday in connection with the House impeachment inquiry.

Earlier, the US House of Representative announced it would begin public hearings on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on November 13.

The House Intelligence Committee will hear from Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, said the Committee Chair Adam Schiff in a statement. On Friday, November 15, the Committee will hear from former Ambassador Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch who served as the US Ambassador to Ukraine until May 2019.

Source: Kuwait News Agency