‘Sighs and gasps’ from House Members Hearing Latest Testimony in Impeachment Inquiry

Behind-closed-door testimony from the acting ambassador to Ukraine reportedly elicited ‘sighs and gasps’ from House members hearing it in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Sources said to be in the room for the testimony tell Politico that the opening statement by William Taylor, said to be some 15 pages long, detailed “how pervasive the efforts were” by Trump and his allies to force Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and the Democrats.

A Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee described the testimony as “very troubling” to the Wall Street Journal. “All I have to say is that in my 10 short months in Congress – it’s not even noon, right – and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far.”

Taylor, a key figure in the investigation, took over the ambassador’s role in Ukraine following the removal of Marie Yovanovich in May. In a series of text messages with European Union Ambassador Gordon Sundaland released earlier this month by the three committees conducting the inquiry, Taylor expressed concern that security assistant to Ukraine was being withheld unless officials there agreed to conduct the investigations demanded by Trump.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon that Taylor’s testimony directly contradicted earlier statements by Sondland that there was no mention of Joe Biden or his son Hunter in discussions between the diplomats and the White House.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, Trump decried the House’s inquiry as akin to a “lynching” and accused Democrats of trying to draw out the inquiry because they lack public support for it.

Republican members of the committees were described by reporters on the scene as being very “tight-lipped” about Taylor’s testimony Tuesday. None have suggested that the diplomat’s statements vindicated Trump or his subordinates.

Taylor was subpoenaed by the committee Tuesday morning after the State Department tried to block him from appearing.


  1. Ban, I do not recall expressly ever calling you “pitiful” but perhaps my concern for your refusal to employ logic in your conclusion was interpreted as pity. The 15 page opening statement I refer to in my post, was acting Ambassador WILLIAM B. TAYLOR’s—not the whistleblower’s 9 page complaint that was sent to ICIG. The 7 page report by the Trump appointed IG, MICHAEL K. ATKINSON found the complaint “urgent and credible.” You also have the 5 page transcript of the summary of the phone call released by the Trump White House. Refusal to read information available to you does not make it go away. That comment is also not reflective of “pity” as I would only pity you if your illogical conclusions were based in ignorance. I have faith that you do know how to make a logical conclusion, but CHOSE not to.

  2. HOW deep in denial does it take to claim the Democrats are only putting information “tainted in their favor.” The entire opening statement of 15 pages is available online. Ambassador Taylor was retired when recruited by Pompeo to take the position.

    1. Yeppers, foolish philly strikes again. “The entire opening statement of 15 pages is available online”, an opening statement given behind closed doors, obtained from an unnamed source. philly, unnamed source is NOT a person’s first and last name. Your belief in unnamed sources is well documented here. Only a fool would believe one-sided leaks from closed door meetings. And you called me pitiful.

  3. Oh please please open up those doors. I so want to be able to illicit “sighs and gasps”. And then an unnamed Democrat found says– ”and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far.”. Hang on unnamed you ain’t seen nothing yet!

    1. Rep Andy Levin from Michigan was the Democrat member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee referred to in the article. Can not explain why Bradley did not identify him in the article. Every news clip I saw of the interview identified him. Just curious, how do you plan “to be able to illicit ‘sighs and gasps’.”?

  4. There are several things that go long with this article. First, the demonrats/communists only put out information they wanted and NOT the whole story. So the information is tainted in their favor (typical demonrats). The latest story is that the demonrats removed ALL republicans from the secret meetings. These demonrats/communists are committing treason right in front of us and we dare not let it continue. Remove these assholes from office and let them panhandle for a living. They probably can’t do that right either.

    1. Bob, Bob, Bob: Do you not care for our country? Or do you want an anti-Constitution, lying, racist ignorant boob behind the Oval Office Desk? The choice is up to you. I hope you can live with it.

  5. This whole impeachment process is such a farce!! It’s time for republicans to start fighting back against these sore loser democrats and start bringing some democrats up on all the illegal actions they have committed!! I’m so sick of democrats!! Other presidents have ask for help from world leaders, but I guess that President Trump is the only one who is wrong in doing so?? Boy, what a crock!! I cannot believe how democrats accuse republicans of wrongdoing when in reality, they themselves are the ones guilty!! I hope all Americans see through this circus and vote every single democrat out of office and re-elected the best president we have ever had!!

    1. Kim, if you are sick of democrats, what I am really sick of are toadies that love and support a lying, corrupt, racist, two-bit host of a semi-reality show that pretends to be the leader of the world?! Do you even love our country? It gives me doubt.

  6. Sighs and gasps when they didn’t here anything they could use for impeachment you mean.

    1. Jabbers: I love your satire. What an escape. I look forward to hear more of your funny jabs. Have a great day!

  7. Which IMMEDIATELY attracted two replies, below.

    Way to go, idiots. Now NOBODY can read either reply. Wanna try again?

  8. The dems are wasting time and spending our tax dollars stupidly…..this must stop
    One way or the other.

  9. Let’s be honest, the democrats are just clowns trying to hurt Trump in advance of the election. Only Trump haters believe any of this garbage. Trump won’t be impeached, remember who controls the senate. This is a dark time in the USA where a few in a political party are attempting a coup against a president.

    1. I agree with you Willie, it’s so obvious that a coup is exactly been going on for months now!! It’s time for those involved to pay for their actions!! I’m so mad!! It’s time for democrats to pay for the lies, corruption, and deaths they have caused!! Obama and his cronies knew about the raid on Benghazi ten days before it happened according to Judicial Watch!! They have American’s blood on their hands and they got away with it!! Republicans need to grow a backbone and step up to the plate and prosecute them!! We must get democrats out of our government!!

  10. Why is everything they do behind closed doors? Bill Clinton’s impeachment was very open and public.

    1. You seem confused by the differences between the two cases, Chet.

      What was Bill Clinton’s inquiry about? It started off investigating a real estate deal. It ended up being about a stained blue dress. Were any state secrets or national intetests involved with either of those? A real estate deal or lying about infidelity?

      Now, think. What is this inquiry about? Think hard.

    2. They are ‘cherry picking’ what they reveal about incriminating Trump and hide/protect/withold all that might incriminate Democrats: Biden’s Son
      Nancy’s Son, Jr
      Romney’s Son
      John Kerry’s Son…….
      Hillary’s unSon Chelsea *****The daughter of two people who used to be some of the most powerful and corrupt folks in America.
      If you listen to Chelsea Clinton speak, you might wonder if she’s capable of surviving a fourth-grade Language Arts class. She’s not impressive. But that hasn’t stopped Chelsea Clinton from landing a string of extremely high paying “jobs” through the course of her “career.”
      Oh Oh Oh
      Schiff’s Son?he’s too young, but ?Schiff is stashing funds for his son’s future by Ukraine profits?????? that’s why he’s doing what he’s doing? wow!

    3. Because they know that behind closed doors is the only way they can lie about the President and leak out what they want the public to hear!! I bet that Adam Schiff is the whistle blower or a member of his staff!! I hope that these coup leaders get tossed in jail because that’s where they belong. Tom Fenton from Judicial Watch is exactly correct in his reporting on democrats!! Watch his videos on YouTube if you don’t already, very spot-on..

  11. As the nominal employer of ALL these poseurs I demand to hear what’s said.

    Remember that “transparency” lie both sides pushed? It’s BS. WE THE PAYERS AND VOTING PUBLIC should and must demand to know. It should be mandatory. These “closed door” hearings should be illegal by statute.

    I DEMAND TO KNOW how you’re making sausage and what you’re putting in it.

    Three boxes of liberty. ““A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” –Frederick Douglass

    Maybe it’s time tyrannical wannabes get a reminder, especially now with better long-range ballistics. A lot of them have family. Just saying in theory that a timely reminder who they work for is needed.

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