Sen. John Thune on Wednesday joined a growing list of Republican lawmakers who expressed concern with President Donald Trump’s conduct following top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor’s testimony that Trump made the release of security aid to Ukraine contingent on Kyiv publicly declaring it would carry out politically motivated investigations that he sought, according to The Hill.
"The picture coming out of it, based on the reporting that we've seen, I would say is not a good one," said Thune of South Dakota. "But I would say also that until we have a process that allows for everybody to see this in full transparency, it's pretty hard to draw on hard and fast conclusions."
Taylor on Tuesday gave closed-door testimony to the three Democratic-led House of Representatives committees leading an impeachment inquiry against Trump. He testified that he was told by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, that Trump had made the release of the withheld aid contingent on Kyiv making public declarations that it would investigate domestic political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden as well as an issue related to the 2016 election over an allegation that a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server is in Ukraine.
The Washington Post posted a copy of Taylor’s opening statement online.
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