Incredulous Tweak on Ambassador Taylor by Rep Jim Jordan was the most interesting moment during Trump’s First Impeachment Hearing on Wednesday.
Rep. Jim Jordan, the U.S Representative-Ohio, said that Bill Taylor’s understanding that there was a link between the assistance aid and the desired investigations was “obviously wrong.”
“The money was going to get released but not until there was an investigation. And that in fact, it didn’t happen. So, what I’m wondering is where’d you get this clear understanding?” Jordan said.
Jordan cited part of Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony:
“Ambassador Taylor recalls that I told Mr. [Tim] Morrison in early September 2019 that the resumption of U.S. aid to Ukraine had become tied to a public statement to be issued by Ukraine agreeing to investigate Burisma. Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr Morrison that I had conveyed this message to [Ukrainian aide] Mr. [Andriy] Yermak on September 1, 2019…”
Sondland also said he later remembered that conversation.
“Also, I now do recall a conversation on September 1, 2019, in Warsaw with Mr Yermak. … I now recall speaking individually with Mr Yermak, where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks…”
“We got six people having four conversations in one sentence, and you just told me this is where you got your clear understanding,” Jordan said.
“And you’re their star witness. You’re their first witness. You’re the guy,” Jordan added later, incredulously.