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

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceImpeachment puts spotlight on Georgia Republican eyeing Senate Fox's Cavuto reads mean letters urging him to stay away after Trump criticism Trump gives shoutout to Doug Collins ahead of next phase of impeachment hearings 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 TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax 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 BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr 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 PompeoForeign Relations Democrat calls on Iran to release other American prisoners Documentary groups challenge Trump administration's vetting of immigrants' social media Iran releases American graduate student in prisoner swap 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."