Working U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, the man who gave a “crucial” statement in the Democrat-led impeachment probe into President Donald Trump, has significant ties to a company financed by the exact same Ukrainian gas firm as Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
Breitbart documented that Taylor has a “close working relationship” with the Atlantic Council, which “is funded by and works in partnership with” Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings.
” In addition to a direct relationship with the Atlantic Council, Taylor for the last nine years also served as a senior adviser to the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), which has co-hosted events with the Atlantic Council and has participated in events co-hosted jointly by the Atlantic Council and Burisma,” Breitbart reports.
Taylor indicated in front of House Intelligence Panel Chairman Adam Schiff’s closed-door impeachment probe that Trump looked for a “quid pro quo” of military support as a trade off for examining Joe & Hunter Biden’s ventures in Ukraine.
The transcription the White House issued of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggests no quid pro quo.
In his 15-page opening declaration to Schiff’s panel, which has actually been released by several media channels, Taylor stated he was surprised by Trump’s mandate that Zelensky ““go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of [Joe] Biden and 2016 election interference.”
Furthermore, “‘ Everything’ was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance,” Taylor continued to insist that the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland revealed to him.
Official records show the opposite is true.
Sondland, in a text exchange on Sept. 9, made it crystal clear to Taylor that President Trump was specifically not asking for a quid pro quo.
” I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor texted Sondland.
Sondland responded, “Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind.”
He included, “The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign I suggest we stop the back and forth by text.”
Zelensky likewise informed journalists several times last month he did not really feel pressed by Trump to open investigations.
From Western Journal:
Zeldin said there is only one substantive reference to Joe Biden in Taylor’s opening statement.
“In that one reference, it’s not firsthand [knowledge] from Ambassador Taylor. It’s not secondhand from Ambassador Taylor. It’s not thirdhand from Ambassador Taylor,” Zeldin said.
“You all are making a big deal of Ambassador Taylor telling them that [National Security Council senior director for European and Russian affairs] Tim Morrison told him that Sondland told Morrison that the president told Sondland that the president told Zelensky,” Zeldin said.
“Give me a break,” Zeldin added.
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