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Trump’s Shadow Ukraine Policy Laid Bare, and Ex-Envoy Is Up Next

  • Republicans criticize ‘star witnesses’ for sharing ‘hearsay’
  • Diplomats said Giuliani-led effort interfered with U.S. policy
William Taylor speaks during a House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13.
William Taylor speaks during a House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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The first public impeachment hearing against Donald Trump laid out how a handful of loyalists led by Rudy Giuliani wrested control of U.S. policy from seasoned diplomats, all to achieve the president’s political ends, and it signaled the battles yet to come.

The testimony Wednesday from George Kent and William Taylor, the two top State Department officials on Ukraine, offered a sense of the stakes that have so far been buried in the impeachment saga. As Trump and Giuliani pressed Ukraine to probe former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, the pair described in detail how U.S. efforts to help a desperate ally and check Russia’s ambitions were stalled.