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‘Smoking Gun’ Testimony Accelerates Democrats Timeline on Impeaching Trump

  • Taylor’s statement provides key piece for House inquiry
  • Lawmakers expect public hearings to start in matter of weeks
William Taylor in Washington on Oct. 22.
William Taylor in Washington on Oct. 22.Photographer: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The explosive testimony of senior U.S. diplomat William Taylor handed Democrats a key to unlock their impeachment case against President Donald Trump, which soon will be brought into public view.

Even as the Trump administration attempts to block witnesses and withhold documents, the inquiry has managed to snare testimony that sketches out a back-channel outreach to Ukraine by the president and his closest advisers that appears to have focused on leveraging U.S. foreign policy to dig up dirt on a political rival.