US envoy says Trump used military aid to push Ukraine to investigate Biden

The acting US ambassador to Kyiv has provided congressional committeesconducting impeachment hearings a detailed account of how Donald Trumprepeatedly sought to make a summit meeting and military aid to Ukraineconditional on its government launching investigations into the president’s political opponents.

Bill Taylor’s testimony was the latest in a series of depositions by serving and former administration officials, as part of the impeachment inquiry, about Trump’s use of the presidency to put pressure on the Ukrainian government to procure compromising information on his political rivals. And it was the most detailed and damning to date.

Taylor, who took over as acting ambassador in June, presented his testimony behind closed doors on Capitol Hill but copies of his opening statement soon leaked.

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