Chris Wallace: Taylor testimony 'very damaging to President Trump'

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: If I'm Trump, 'I would not be especially pleased' with White House defense Trump: Senate should decide on witnesses; Bolton testimony poses national security risk Trump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' MORE called the testimony to the House Intelligence Committee of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, "very damaging to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE" during impeachment hearings analysis early Wednesday afternoon.

Taylor testified around Trump's urging of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE and his son Hunter Biden as the first witness chosen by House Democrats to testify.

"I think that William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president," Wallace said, while cautioning that questioning by GOP House members may change his initial perspective.

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"He took very copious notes at almost every conversation — when he put quotes in his opening statement, he said those were direct quotes from what was said. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a voice like Edward R. Murrow," Wallace added.

"He is a pretty impressive presence up there. And, I think, very nonpolitical," Wallace noted. "He went out of his way to talk about what he knew, what he was specifically testament to. The only thing he talked about was a strong feeling that it was in the U.S. national security interest to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia. But he certainly wasn’t taking any partisan position."

Taylor came out of retirement earlier this year after Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Overnight Defense: Trump downplays troops' concussion injuries in Iran attack | Dems offer case against Trump on day two of trial | UN links Saudis to hack of Bezos' phone Pompeo willing to testify in impeachment trial if 'legally required' MORE asked him to lead the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

Trump slammed Taylor and the lawyer as “Never Trumpers,” in an early morning tweet Wednesday ahead of the televised hearings. 

“NEVER TRUMPERS!” Trump tweeted to his 65 million followers. 
 
“READ THE TRANSCRIPT!” he wrote, referring to the rough transcript of his call with Zelensky that has been released by the White House. 

 

Trump has previously condemned the impeachment proceedings, claiming that they are a "hoax."