After days of anticipation, Ambassador Bill Taylor gave testimony that decimated Donald Trump’s claim that there was no quid pro quo when he shook down the president of Ukraine.
Taylor, a career civil servant, served America for fifty years in multiple posts Stateside and abroad. He came back from retirement to serve as ambassador to Ukraine following Trump’s crude dismissal of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch because she got in the way of Trump’s scam.
According to reports, Taylor backed his opening statement and testimony up with documentation and copious notes. Taylor’s statement corroborates what we already know from other witnesses, also from the White House’s own readout of a conversation Trump had with the newly-elected president of Ukraine, and from Mick Mulvaney’s confession.
From Taylor’s opening statement, you see the story of a career civil servant who worked for every administration since 1985.
“For 50 years, I have served the country, starting as a cadet at West Point, then as an infantry officer for six years, including with the Division in Vietnam; then at the Department of Energy; then as a member of a Senate staff, then at NATO; then with the State Department there and abroad in Afghanistan,