Democrats are hoping to convince independent voters and other doubters that Trump was wrong not only in asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on his rival but in making it a quid-pro-quo proposition, Latin for a favor in exchange for a favor.
The transcript of Taylor's deposition shows he was concerned about the "irregular, informal channel of US policymaking" made up of Giuliani, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker that was setting Ukraine policy outside of normal State Department protocol at the president's request.
The Democrats allege that this shows Trump using his office to pressure a foreign government to help him politically with the threat of withholding military aid amid domestic conflict.
Only Schiff and Nunes, or Goldman and Castor, will be permitted to ask questions during this round.
"It would be a really big deal in Ukraine, and an expression of declining USA support for Ukraine".
Taylor's aide said Sondland called Trump following the meeting in a restaurant.
Schiff noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy "was a newcomer to politics and immediately sought to establish a relationship with Ukraine's most powerful patron, the United States".
Four witnesses are scheduled to testify in public hearings next week: Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence; Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs for the National Security Council; former USA envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker; and White House national security aide Tim Morrison.
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"This context shows that President Trump has a deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine and USA taxpayer-funded foreign aid, independent of and proceeding any mention of potential investigations of Ukraine's interference in the 2016 elections or Hunter Biden's involvement with Burisma, a notoriously corrupt company".
The first selection of texts revealed that on September 1, while talking about the administration's handling of aid to Ukraine, Taylor asked, "Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?"
A July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy is at the nexus of the investigation that is determining whether the US president prodded his counterpart into probing a political rival whom he might face in next year's presidential election. On Friday, lawmakers will hear from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
"I take it that the import of that is he (Trump) cares more about that (the investigations) than he does about Ukraine?"
"I think it's insane to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign", he said. He also raised concerns about an alleged "campaign of lies" being disseminated by Giuliani. He soon learned it was being run by Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and others from the administration.
"There was just this issue of the White House chief of staff has conveyed that the president has concerns about Ukraine", she testified.
"Not watching. He's working", she said.
The hearing is expected to wrap up in the afternoon.
"President Trump's pressure campaign was "out of bounds, ' and every time he insists that it was 'perfect" he is saying that he is above the law", Pelosi said on Twitter, referring to how the Republican president has described his actions in the Ukraine saga.