President Trump and his congressional ally have resisted damaging revelations from the statement of diplomat Bill Taylor on Tuesday, in which the Ukrainian envoy said the government had sent US military aid with a call for politically relevant investigations in Kiev In connection questioning that Ukraine was in the dark at the beginning of the relief operation.
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, argued that this contradicts the claims of "counter-money." It was about return and whether Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being held back, and this most important issue. Neither this witness nor any other witness has provided evidence that there was anything in return, nor evidence that the Ukrainians knew that military aid was being held back on July 25, "Ratcliffe said Tuesday in" The Story. "No statement This point is "a consideration legally impossible".
"You can not have anything in return for nothing."
He referred to the now-famous telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, when Trump agreed to investigations Electoral disruptions and Biden family business in 2016 were particularly pressing for Hunter Biden to be on the board of the natural gas company Burisma Holdings. 19659008] A source familiar with the testimony, Fox News confirmed that Taylor said during questioning on Capitol Hill Tuesday that Ukrainians knew nothing at the time of the call about hiring US military aid.
"Th The mainstream media coverage that he provided evidence of consideration for military aid is wrong – I asked him about it right after that," Ratcliffe said Tuesday. "I can not tell you what he said … but I can tell you what he did not say – neither he nor any other witness testified that the Ukrainians knew that military aid was being held back."
: "You can not have anything in return for nothing."
The President repeated Ratcliffe's comments on Twitter early Wednesday and quoted from his appearance in Fox News.
"Where is the whistleblower? The Do Nothing Dems case is TOT!" Trump tweeted. However, Taylor said that the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, had told him that Ukraine's top adjutant Andriy Yermak had said weeks later that "no money would be available for security assistance before President Zelensky has committed to continue the Burisma investigation. "
Taylor testified that during a telephone conversation with Tim Morrison, he learned of the conversation between Sondland and Yermak.
"I was alarmed by what Mr. Morrison told me about the conversation between Sondland and Yermak," Taylor said. "This was the first time I heard that the security support was not just the White House meeting – depending on the investigation."
According to Taylor, the Ukrainian government was finally informed of the obvious reason for delaying the aid.  The same day, Taylor said, he sent a text message to Sondland asking if security assistance and a meeting in the White House were "dependent on investigation," and invited Sondland to call Taylor.
Ambassador Sondland told me that President Trump had told him that he wanted President Zelenskyy to publicly declare that Ukrain was investigating Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US elections, "said Taylor.
I'm the one Opinion that the meeting that President Zelensky wanted was contingent on Burisma's investigation and was alleged Ukrainian interference in the US elections in 2016. "
Throug Nevertheless, Trump still insisted he was not seeking" return service. "
Taylor's statement, however, fueled Democratic criticism over the impeachment of Trump's phone call with Zelensky last month in the House of Representatives.
Trump put pressure on the Ukrainian president to investigate the business of former Vice President Joe Biden and Initiate his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine Dismiss a top prosecutor who has investigated the company. A whistleblower who made the claims for the first time claimed that Trump had wrongly requested foreign aid to identify a political opponent who would ultimately influence the 2020 election.
At the heart of today's debate is the question of whether US military aid was directly tied to these requests.
] The President's request came after millions of US aid for Ukraine had been frozen. But the White House and the president's allies have denied anything in return – although the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, seemed to say something else recently before he went back – and the bidders claimed that they had "done nothing wrong"  Democrats cited Taylor's testimony as the most damaging to date.
"The testimony is very disturbing," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y. Deputy Dean Phillips, D-Minn., Used the same word. When asked why, he said, "Because it's getting clearer."
But the top Republicans called Ratcliffe's poll a big moment in the hearing, undermining Taylor's argument.
"In 90 seconds, John Ratcliffe destroyed Taylor's whole." Argument, "House GOP chief Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday in a Tuesday interview about" The Ingraham Angle. "The feeling reiterated.
" The truth is that John Ratcliffe destroyed that witness in two minutes, "Nunes said "Hannity." "There is no return."
And Rep. Mark Meadows, RN .C., Said reports of Taylor's testimony were "ridiculously exaggerated and do not tell the full story."
"Still no proof "The bulk of the statements made in terms of utterances and hearsay has not stood up to any real scrutiny and the full protocol should be published immediately," Tweeted Meadows.
Meanwhile, Taylor described the existence of an "irregular" communication channel with Ukraine led by Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, and a "strange combination of encouragement, confusion and, ultimately, worrying circumstances" as soon as he was in K iew arrived. The statement confirmed the previous coverage of Taylor's comments by Fox News.
Gregg Re, Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel, Alex Pappas, and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to the report.