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

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceCDC director urges Americans to go outside, 'enjoy your trick-or-treating' Rep. Khanna expresses frustration about Sinema CDC director: 'We can't be complacent' amid drop in COVID-19 cases MORE called the testimony to the House Intelligence Committee of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, "very damaging to President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day 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 BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping 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 PompeoMike PompeoHillicon Valley — TikTok, Snapchat seek to distance themselves from Facebook State: US 'strongly opposes' Israeli settlement expansion Lawmakers praise upcoming establishment of cyber bureau at State 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."