After a fiery back and fourth exchange, Rep. Jim Jordan mocked the fact Ambassador Taylor was called first and thus could be considered Democrat’s “star witness.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted “Their star witness knows nothing.”
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 13, 2019
Per WashingtonExaminer, Jordan, who was placed on the committee last week so he could participate in the hearings, called Taylor the Democrat’s “star witness” at the end of his questioning of the ambassador.
“This is what I can’t believe, and you’re their star witness. You’re their first witness. You’re the guy. You’re the guy, based on, this based on, I mean, I have seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than,” Jordan stated before reading a part of the testimony from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.
“I have two responses, Mr. Chairman, thank you, Mr. Jordan. Glad to take those questions. Let me just say that I don’t consider myself a star witness for anything,” Taylor countered, to which Jordan said, “They do.”
Per RightScoop, Jordan establishes that despite meeting with Zelensky three times AFTER the July 25 call, over the course of 55 days, Taylor never once heard Zelensky mention that aid was held up, nor did Zelensky ever once announce public or private, any investigations into the Bidens:
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) November 13, 2019
Secondly, Jordan exposes the very convoluted way in which Taylor heard that Sonland said there was a ‘quid pro quo’:
In his questioning, Jim Jordan focuses on Zelenskiy not announcing an investigation into the Bidens.
Taylor testified earlier the meeting Zelenskiy wanted with Trump "was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference." https://t.co/U0mYKRJsjy pic.twitter.com/G0ZdnFVEGd
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 13, 2019
In case you want to see it in writing, this is the sentence Jordan read from Sonland’s testimony addendum:
“Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I conveyed this message to Mr. Yermack on Sept 1, 2019 in connection with Vice President Pence’s visit to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky.”
If this isn’t the definition of hearsay, I don’t know what is. And remember, Sonland testified in his addendum that the statement he made, which Taylor is referencing, was only his assumption:
Seeing many overblown (and outright false) reports about Ambassador Sondland's testimony. Here's what he actually said.
1. I did not (and still don't) know why aid was held up
2. I "PRESUMED" it was because of corruption
3. I told Yermak my assumption
See paragraph 4 here: pic.twitter.com/STZ2vtrVsv
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 5, 2019
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