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Bill Taylor: "What I Can Do Here For You Today Is Tell You What I Heard From People"

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U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor told Democratic counsel at Wednesday's impeachment inquiry hearing that he can "tell you what I heard from people" when asked about the quid pro quo between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.

HOUSE SELECT INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE MAJORITY COUNSEL DANIEL GOLDMAN: Now, during this early period in September, we talked a little bit about the fact that you continually heard that the president was repeatedly saying that there was no quid pro quo. Is that right?



U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT UKRAINE CHARGE D'AFFAIRES AMBASSADOR WILLIAM TAYLOR: That's correct.

GOLDMAN: And he--he still says that repeatedly today, but regardless of what you call it, whether it's a quid pro quo, bribery, extortion, abuse of power of the office of the presidency, the fact of the matter as you understood it is that security assistance and the White House meeting were not going to be provided unless Ukraine initiated these two investigations that would benefit Donald Trump's reelection. Is that what you understood the facts to be?

TAYLOR: Mr. Goldman, what--what I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people and in this case it was what I heard from Ambassador Sondland. He described the conditions for the security assistance and the White House meeting in--in those terms. That is they depended upon, conditioned on pursuing these investigations.

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