Republican sources speaking to CNN say that diplomat Bill Taylor’s closed-door testimony is “reverberating” throughout Capitol Hill and is a “game changer.”
CNN reports that at least one GOP source says that Taylor’s testimony “points to quid pro quo.”
Taylor testified Tuesday that he had been told President Trump would withhold military aid to the country until it publicly declared investigations would be launched that could help his reelection chances — including into former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a copy of Taylor’s opening statement obtained by CNN.
Taylor, who was formerly the US Ambassador to Ukraine under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was brought back to temporarily take on the role after Marie Yovanovitch was fired in May from the position. In a September text message made public earlier this month, Taylor voiced concerns to U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, over President Trump’s alleged pressuring of Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. “Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?” Taylor wrote on September 1.
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Trump may allow churches to open for Easter despite local bans: ‘Something we should talk about’
"Maybe we could allow special, for churches, maybe we could talk about it. Maybe we could allow them, with great separation outside, on Easter Sunday. I dunno, it's something we should talk about."
"We're not going to churches on Palm Sunday. But think of next Sunday -- Easter," Trump said.
"And I brought it up before, I said, maybe we could allow special -- for churches, maybe we could talk about it. Maybe we could allow them, with great separation outside, on Easter Sunday," he said.
"I dunno, it's something we should talk about," Trump added.
Trump has no idea how coronavirus is transmitted from person to person and therefore doesn't get why packed churches amid a pandemic is a bad idea. This clip of him talking about how he considered an Easter exemption from social distancing shows it. pic.twitter.com/G4LXzNIGKf
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‘We’re going to open our country again’: Trump says ‘we have to open our country again’
President Donald Trump urged the re-opening of America during Saturday's Coronavirus Task Force briefing.
"We want to finish this war," Trump said.
"We have to get back to work," he continued. "We have to get -- we have to open our country again."
"We have to open our country again," he said. "We don't want to be doing this for months and months and months."
"We're going to open our country again," he promised, without offering a timeline to do so.
"I can't tell you a date," he said later in the brieifing.