Former Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor released an extensive statement he gave at the opening of the closed-door hearing about President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.
Former solicitor general, Neal Katyal was among many lawyers to point out how "devastating" the details were.
I just read Ambassador Taylor’s lengthy opening statement. Devastating.— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1571774098.0
I cannot overstate how damaging this Amb Taylor testimony is to Trump. https://t.co/ARLewa1DCV— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1571774515.0
Among other things, Taylor said during a call with EU Ambassador Gordan Sondland, the Trump donor "tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks someone to pay up before signing the check."
Taylor's name had been trending most of Tuesday on Twitter, but after the statement was released, people quickly began asking how it isn't enough evidence for Republicans to support impeachment.
At least one freshmen Democrat found it to be one of the most shocking things he's seen in his career.
“All I have to say is that in my 10 short months in Congress … it’s my most disturbing day in Congress so far,” sai… https://t.co/i9KLVLsHlq— Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz)1571765518.0
As one Washington Post reporter noted, Taylor was the replacement for Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who was seen as a liability.
Check out the tweets below:
Want to highlight these points on Ukraine from Amb. Bill Taylor's opening statement: "At the outset, I would like… https://t.co/1ImRMvGgtV— Molly McKew (@Molly McKew)1571775012.0
Damning. I hope everyone reads it. Thank you, Bill Taylor for putting country above Trump. I wish more people did t… https://t.co/aohwthR0Ev— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali)1571775034.0
“This is somebody who has receipts,” @thelauracoates on the importance of Bill Taylor’s detailed statement to Congr… https://t.co/2eKnCguWoI— Maeve Reston (@Maeve Reston)1571774913.0
America owes Ukrainian diplomat Bill Taylor a debt for speakin' truth to power. He laid out the damnin' truth agai… https://t.co/Zdm0aC5BKZ— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain)1571774964.0
Just read the Bill Taylor opening statement, and all I can think of is... https://t.co/l5eXsiE6cg— Adam J. Morris (@Adam J. Morris)1571774971.0
After Bill Taylor’s testimony today, if the @GOP doesn’t end their ridiculous defense of Trump, there really is no… https://t.co/ELvnevVp57— State of Resistance (@State of Resistance)1571774997.0
Bill Taylor took good notes on everything and was there from beginning to end! Who’s going to tell 45*?… https://t.co/dWsb3rpCo3— NoctilucentCloud (@NoctilucentCloud)1571774973.0
No wonder Trump was trying to distract the media by using the word lynching, Ambassador Bill Taylor came to spill all the tea. #DeadlineWH— Tina (@Tina)1571774902.0
Are people like @LindseyGrahamSC and @hughhewitt going to have to smear Bill Taylor now? What's next when the truth… https://t.co/PBGQMvVyn5— Jon Lovett (@Jon Lovett)1571774725.0
Donald Trump isn't so dumb that he can't figure out that if he compares impeachment to lynching on the same day tha… https://t.co/PeSFjtn14c— Rachel "The Doc" Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@Rachel "The Doc" Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌)1571774571.0
Word from Bill Taylor's testimony is he took meticulous notes #ImpeachTrump— WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸)1571774857.0
GOP first tried a hearsay defense. Then a process defense. Then they attacked Schiff. Based on the reporting below… https://t.co/fzILUNQgNZ— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1571774067.0
@sarahbirnbaum @TheRickWilson Bill Taylor snuck into a drive in movie when he was 9, the man can't be trusted ~ Fox News— BJH (@BJH)1571775513.0
I have rarely read a more devastating indictment of a President and his cronies than that of Taylor. This is chapte… https://t.co/r9ydr8TI3i— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1571775437.0
Consider the defenses of Trump since Ukraine broke. "There was no whistleblower." (There are a dozen) "There was… https://t.co/UDTKZAt6uV— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1571775690.0
I want to hope that Bill Taylor’s statement will make a difference in this this dystopian circus. Given what we’v… https://t.co/7bctZIDOvL— Lori (@Lori)1571775521.0
So based on this Bill Taylor opening statement, my understanding is that it’s not murder if I yell “I’m not murderi… https://t.co/lkyMfjrX4X— Jana ⭐️ (@Jana ⭐️)1571775524.0
Interested to know what will happen to acting #Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor's job after Trump aides prepare him b… https://t.co/74nqGWOS4N— Donna Kassin (@Donna Kassin)1571775547.0