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“That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president (of Ukraine) committed to pursue” investigations, Bill Taylor told Congress.

The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed officials to tie military aid to Ukraine to demands that the country open political advantageous probes, according to a transcript of his testimony made public Wednesday.

The transcript of Taylor’s closed-door testimony before the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into Trump — the latest in a series of witness transcripts made public — confirms NBC News’ reporting about his more than nine hours of testimony last month. It also contains new details about the language he used in describing the White House’s attempted quid pro quo with Ukraine that shed light on his level of concern about the matter.

For example, Taylor said he and others “sat in astonishment” as a White House Office of Management and Budget official said during a July 18 inter-agency call that Trump had ordered a hold on military assistance to Ukraine, according to the transcript. Read more

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“That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president (of Ukraine) committed to pursue” investigations, Bill Taylor told Congress.

“That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president (of Ukraine) committed to pursue” investigations, Bill Taylor told Congress.

“That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president (of Ukraine) committed to pursue” investigations, Bill Taylor told Congress.

“That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president (of Ukraine) committed to pursue” investigations, Bill Taylor told Congress.

“That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president (of Ukraine) committed to pursue” investigations, Bill Taylor told Congress.