Patriotism means putting country ahead of politics and personal ambition, and speaking out when you see something wrong. The witnesses coming forward to testify today have shown that patriotism again and again.
Bill Taylor just admitted that he encouraged Ambassador Sondland to "Push Back" on President Trump's foreign policy position on Ukraine—all based on hearsay!
The president has sole discretion over US foreign policy
These "witnesses" are deep state actors
As best I can tell by Bill Taylor's testimony thus far, Trump's real crime is refusing to delegate the entirety of U.S. foreign policy decision-making to a coterie of unelected career bureaucrats who think the Constitution gives them all power and authority to run the country.
Ambassador Bill Taylor's testimony is DEVASTATING to Trump.
To summarize what's happened:
Bill Taylor, the Democrats star witness, has basically admitted today that he got virtually all of his hearsay info from Gordon Sondland
We have Sondland, in writing, admitting he really didn't know what happened with Ukrainian aid
This is a farce
Arguments of Bill Taylor’s supposed bias against Trump really fall apart when you hear just how hard he was working to save him from himself and stop him from doing the very things that could get him impeached. #ImpeachmentHearings
Notice that most of Bill Taylor's information comes from Gordon Sondland
Recall Sondland admitted, in his testimony: he DID NOT KNOW whether aid was linked to political investigations.
September 9th, @realDonaldTrump
told Sondland it was NOT linked. Sondland acknowledged this.
Who cares if Bill Taylor disagreed with @realDonaldTrump
’s policy on Ukraine?
Last time I checked, Donald J. Trump was the one who was elected President!
A courtesy reminder to all: George Kent and Bill Taylor were NOT elected President of the United States, and they do NOT implement foreign policy apart from the will of the current administration.
was elected @POTUS
Hope that clears up this hearing for some.
“What I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people.” – Bill Taylor
There is a legal term for this kind of testimony: HEARSAY!
Bombshell from Bill Taylor: while he visited the front, one of his staffers accompanied Ambassador Sondland to a meeting with Zelensky aide Yermak on July 26, the day after the Trump/Zelensky phone call. After the meeting, at a restaurant, Sondland called President Trump...
The juxtaposition between George Kent and Bill Taylor, two career public servants dedicated to protecting our nation's security, and Devin Nunes, a partisan hack job spouting conspiracy theories, is stunning.
Ambassador Bill Taylor is a patriotic American.
He is a West Point graduate.
Vietnam war hero.
Multiple Republican Presidents, including Reagan & Bush, appointed him to diplomatic positions.
And his testimony is devastating to Donald J. Trump #AbuseOfPower.
Bill Taylor is utterly credible and he just directly tied Trump to the attempt to use military aid to blackmail Ukraine into announcing a sham investigation of Joe Biden.
If this isn’t an impeachable offense, nothing is.
It's been fun to watch Bill Taylor go from being an omniscient mind-reader of Trump during Democrat questions (despite *never* speaking to Trump ever), to being ignorant of every single fact--including widespread Ukraine meddling in our 2016 elections--raised by Republicans.
WATCH: Bill Taylor admits that he talked to President Zelensky the day after his call with President Trump.
And what did Zelensky say?
"He said 'the call the was fine. I was happy with the call.'"
Bill Taylor sounds like he got his information from the newspaper.
Not even first-hand knowledge.
“I heard from a guy, who heard from another guy, who’s brother told him that his friend said orange man bad”
Ambassador Bill Taylor sounds like Walter Cronkite.
Donald Trump sounds like he's screwed.
Rep. Val Demings: Was Rudy Giuliani promoting US interests in Ukraine?
George Kent: No, he was not.
Demings: What interests was he promoting?
Kent: “I believe he was looking to dig up political dirt against a potential rival in the next election cycle.”
Bill Taylor: I agree.
Bill Taylor and George Kent are upset because they were not in absolute control of America's foreign policy. The Reality is that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump
, and these bureaucrats are required to implement HIS policy.
Republicans on the Intelligence Committee are doing a remarkable job at exposing the glaring holes in Bill Taylor's and George Kent's opinion-filled testimonies and communicating the truth about what REALLY happened to the American people. Keep it up.
Ambassador Bill Taylor just testified:
"By mid-July, it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelensky wanted was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections."
This is an abuse of presidential power.
"6 people having 4 conversations in 1 sentence, & you tell me this is where you just got your clear understanding... I've seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this."
exposes Bill Taylor's lack of firsthand knowledge on Democrats' allegations.
So Bill Taylor doesn't have first hand knowledge of anything. He got his info from Sondland.
Sondland admits he didn't know when, why, or by whom aid was suspended. He just *presumed* quid pro quo.
So the only first-hand info is the transcript.
Which contains no quid pro quo.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace noted that top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor was a “very impressive witness” and that his testimony was “very damaging” to President Donald Trump https://t.co/pCkMPU8F3f
If Bill Taylor didn't know about Ukraine's election meddling against @realDonaldTrump
, how could he form an accurate opinion about ANYTHING regarding looking at corruption in Ukraine?
get out now. You are looking like a complete fool. Stop yelling. Get anger management help. Jordan Crashes And Burns At Trump Impeachment Hearing https://t.co/bjPlAfGw27
Rep. Eric Swalwell: Trump tweeted in all caps “NEVER TRUMPERS.” Are you Never Trumpers?
George Kent: I am a career profesional who has served for 27 years for three Republican presidents and two Democratic presidents.
Bill Taylor: No, sir.
It is now very clear why US Foreign Policy has been a disaster for decades...
It is being run by people like Bill Taylor and George Kent.
These clowns would not last 1 day in the private sector. (the real world)
Bill Taylor’s opening statement just added an extraordinary amount of detail in Trump’s wrongdoing. As @RepAdamSchiff
has already stated: “If that's not an impeachable offense, what is?” #TrumpBribery #ImpeachmentHearings