10/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/22/2019 18:40
Maloney: 'Trump violated his oath and damaged our national security in the process.'
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Ambassador William Taylor, a senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, sat before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for a day-long deposition surrounding President Trump's directive to pressure Ukrainian President Zelensky into launching an investigation into a potential political opponent in the 2020 election. Ambassador Taylor replaced former career Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch after she was removed from her post by President Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), a member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement:
'Ambassador Taylor, a West Point graduate who served with the 101st Airborne as an infantry officer in Vietnam, provided extremely detailed and credible testimony, and we are grateful for his cooperation with this process.
'While I cannot discuss the specifics of the testimony, it is unmistakably clear that Ambassador Taylor cares deeply about the legitimate and formerly bipartisan U.S. foreign policy goal of supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. Men like Bill Taylor don't stay silent when private political agendas are undermining our foreign policy.
'It would be a clear abuse of power by the President merely to request foreign help in a U.S. election.
'But here, the evidence also makes it clear that the President sought political help from a foreign government using U.S. military assistance as leverage, linking the two explicitly. In so doing, he violated his oath and damaged our national security in the process.
'The President is not above the law and he must be held accountable.'