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Fox News: Diplos' Texts Discuss Trump Pressure on Ukraine on Biden

By    |   Thursday, 03 October 2019 04:04 PM

Fox News reported Thursday it had obtained never before seen text messages between U.S. diplomats in Europe, including one who argued he thought President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine for political gain.

In a report aired on Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime, congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel said the encrypted text messages involved former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, temporary ambassador William Taylor, and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

The exchange started Sept. 9, showing Taylor expressing concern to his colleagues after Michael Atkinson revealed the existence of a whistleblower related to Ukraine.

"As I sit on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor texts, Fox News reported.

To which Sondland replied: "Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions."

"The president has been crystal clear: no quid pro quos of any kind. The president is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during the campaign. I suggest we stop the back and forth by text."

Volker has since resigned and was speaking to Congress Thursday following Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, alleging Sondland and Volker helped direct his actions in Ukraine.

There is also a reference to concerns about an interview being given, but the context of that is unclear, Fox News reported.

"The nightmare is they give us the interview, I don't give a security clearance,” Taylor texted. “The Russians love it, and I quit. Counting on you to be right about this interview, Gordon." 

Fox News reported that Sondland replied: "I never said I was right. I said I don't like we are, where you are and believe you have identified the best pathway forward. Let's hope it works." 

A video clip of the report was posted by Mediaite. 

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