Democrats request testimony from US diplomat who questioned Trump motivations on Ukraine

Democrats request testimony from US diplomat who questioned Trump motivations on Ukraine
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House Democrats have reportedly requested testimony from the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, who questioned President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE's motivations for withholding aid to the country. 

Democrats requested to depose diplomat William Taylor as part of their impeachment inquiry, but have not yet scheduled an interview with him or issued a subpoena, multiple sources familiar with the situation told CNN.  

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In text messages turned over to the House during a deposition from Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerPerry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump Trump confirms Rick Perry to step down as Energy secretary MORE, who served as the special envoy to Ukraine, Taylor suggested U.S. military aid was being withheld from Ukraine for political reasons.

Trump had delayed the hundreds of millions in dollars in aid, which had been approved by Congress, just days before he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment MORE, a leading 2020 contender.

Taylor said in a Sept. 9 exchange that the delay of assistance had “shaken [the Ukrainians’] faith in us.”

“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” he added. 

U.S. Ambassador to the the European Union Gordon Sondland, who had reportedly spoken with Trump on the issue, replied that Taylor was "incorrect about President Trump's intentions" and said he believed Trump had no intention of a "quid pro quo."

Sondland then suggested he and Taylor stop texting on the subject.

Democrats on House committees looking into Trump have also requested that other State Department officials including Sondland testify, but Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoErdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE has sought to block their testimony.

The House has subpoenaed Sondland and he said in a statement Friday that he plans to testify next week in light of that development. It is possible Pompeo will try again to prevent Taylor from testifying.  

The Hill has reached out to the House committees and the State Department for comment. 

Taylor is the chargé d’affaires of the embassy in Kiev. He served as ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009.