Trump impeachment: US envoy condemns ‘irregular’ pressure on Ukraine

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A phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky is at the centre of the impeachment inquiry

A top US diplomat has told Congress that aid to Ukraine and a meeting with President Donald Trump were linked to public investigations of a rival.

Ambassador Bill Taylor testified before an impeachment inquiry that he was told Mr Trump wanted Ukraine to probe ex-Vice-President Joe Biden’s dealings.

Mr Taylor said relations with Ukraine had been “fundamentally undermined” for “domestic political reasons”.

Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing or quid pro quo in his Ukraine policy.

Mr Taylor, a career diplomat who has been the US envoy to Ukraine since June, is the latest witness to testify before lawmakers in the Democratic-led inquiry into suspected abuse of power by the President Trump.

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