Can Trump Survive Taylor’s Testimony?
As part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, Democrats heard testimony on Tuesday from Bill Taylor, a top US diplomat in Ukraine. According to Democrats, Taylor’s testimony paints a clear picture of the president using foreign aid as a mechanism for quid pro quo deals with foreign governments. For Trump’s impeachment inquiry, is this a smoking gun?
If Tuesday’s congressional testimony by William Taylor, the acting United States envoy to Ukraine, is to be taken at face value — and no one in the Trump administration has yet denied a word of it — then it is now beyond doubt: President Trump placed his personal political future above the national-security interests of the United States.
That [Trump] still has, as of today, the support of both his congressional sycophants as well as the enthusiastic admiration of his rank-and-file voters suggests that this country is much more vulnerable to a slow-motion authoritarian takeover than even the most alarmist critics suspected at the outset of this nightmare presidency.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said leaks that led to headlines about how the diplomat said President Trump tied security aid for Ukraine to investigations into the Biden family are misleading.
“The truth is, in two minutes, John Ratcliffe destroyed this witness. There is no quid pro quo,” Nunes told Fox News host Sean Hannity.