Top US diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor clarified to members of Congress that in his opening statement, when he was referring to the administration holding up Ukraine aid for “domestic political gain” or a “political campaign,” he was specifically referring to President Trump casting former Vice President Joe Biden “in a bad light.”
In his opening testimony, Taylor said he “told Ambassadors Sondland and Volker … ‘I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.’”
“I argued to both that the explanation made no sense: the Ukrainians did not ‘owe’ President Trump anything, and holding up security assistance for domestic political gain was ‘crazy,” he continued in his opening remarks.
Taylor was asked specifically what he was referring to by New York Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney.
“As I understood the reason for investigating Burisma was to cast Vice President Biden in a bad light,” Taylor told members of Congress during the question and answer period.
The political campaign to gain from the investigation, he said, was “a political campaign for the reelection of President Trump.”