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Bill Taylor's impeachment hearing testimony was damning

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Today, major networks halted their regular programming as millions of Americans watched the historic first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. What Americans saw was the most damning witness testimony of the Trump presidency.

House Democrats delivered a line of questioning that showcased a coherent, fact-based story of President Trump's alleged abuse of power. House Republicans twisted themselves into a ball of Trump sycophancy as they rolled their way down a rabbit-hole of conspiracy theories.

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Meanwhile, Acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor's testimony methodically struck down every false impeachment defense of President Trump, picked them up, and calmly ran them through a shredder.

Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, delivered compelling and credible testimony — especially Bill Taylor. Throughout his remarks, Taylor outlined how he slowly became aware of President Trump's alleged effort to extort Ukraine into investigating his political targets. While Taylor didn't use the word extortion or “quid pro quo,” it became crystal clear that is exactly what transpired: military aid and a White House meeting were withheld to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and false allegations of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

In his opening statement, Bill Taylor — who has been falsely labeled as a “Never Trumper” by President Trump, and publicly denied being so today — discussed his distinguished 50-year career of service to the US. Taylor was a West Point cadet and military officer, and subsequently served at the State Department under both presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then offered him the job to replace then-Ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch, who was ousted after smears from Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, and the right-wing media.

Taylor is a nonpartisan official, which makes what he said today even more damning.........

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