State Dept makes last-minute attempt to block Ukraine ambassador Taylor from testifying
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo smiles as he takes questions at the White House following the surprise departure of John Bolton as national security advisor AFP/File / Mandel NGAN

The State Department tried to block former Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor from testifying, but the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to compel his testimony.

Taylor was expected to testify Tuesday morning before Congress as part of the House impeachment inquiry, but the State Department attempted to direct him at the last minute not to appear or to limit his testimony.

Instead, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Taylor, who came out of retirement in June to serve as the top diplomat in Ukraine.