Diplomat Bill Taylor said that he understood by early July that when President Trump appointees were talking about Ukraine launching “investigations” that they were talking about the desired probes into former Vice President Joe Biden and into conspiracy theories about the Democratic email hacks in 2016.
“I’m beginning to understand that there — that the investigations, again I’m not sure if there’s a crystal time, a specific time, but I’m beginning to understand that these investigations of Burisma and the 2016 elections are what the term ‘investigations’ refer to,” Taylor said.
A key sticking point in the inquiry is what was meant by “investigations.”
Some of Trump’s defenders have leaned into the vagueness of this term, and Trump has said all he cares about is ending corruption in Ukraine. But testimony from Taylor and other witnesses suggests that it was widely understood that the “investigations” were tantamount to political meddling by Ukraine.