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Diplomat Describes Trump Aides’ Escalating Pressure on Ukraine

  • Taylor says Ukraine wary of being drawn into U.S. politics
  • Envoy scheduled to be one of first public witnesses in inquiry
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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine gave the House impeachment inquiry a detailed look at escalating efforts by a core group of President Donald Trump’s advisers to pressure Ukraine to open a politically motivated investigation.

William Taylor, who took charge of U.S. embassy in Ukraine after the former ambassador was ousted in May, told House committees that he initially thought a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy “sounded like a good idea” as Ukraine sought to strengthen its fight against Russian-backed separatists.