Bill Taylor testified that a member of his staff overheard Trump asking about Ukraine investigating Joe Biden in a call.
Taylor said, “Following that meeting in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called president trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv. The member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking ambassador Sondland about the investigations. Ambassador Sondland told president trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward. They asked what president trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland said president trump cares more about the investigations of Biden Giuliani was pressing for.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 13, 2019
With that bit of testimony, the Republican defense that Giuliani, Mulvaney, and rest of the crew were acting on their own without Trump’s knowledge just went up in flames. The impeachment hearings were expected to be bad for Trump, but so far they have been worse than Republicans could have imagined. Every single Republican defense of this president is being blown to shreds. The evidence is comprehensive and overwhelming.
Republicans are running out of defenses for Trump, which means that the American people can expect the attacks on the investigation itself to accelerate.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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