Amb. Taylor: I Was Not On Call With President Trump & President Zelensky

REP. JIM JORDAN: Alright so, just to recap, you had three meetings with President Zelensky, no linkage in those three meetings came up. Ambassador Zelensky didn’t announce that he was going to do any investigation of the Bidens or Burisma before the aid was released. He didn’t do a tweet, didn’t do anything obscene, didn’t do anything like that. President Zelensky excuse me.

And then what you have in front of you is an addendum that Mr. Sondland made to his testimony that we got a couple weeks ago. Says “declaration of Amabsaddor Gordon Sondland. I, Gordon Sondland, do hereby swear and affirm as follows.” I want you to look at point number two, bullet point number two, second sentence. “Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I conveyed this message to Mr. Yermak on September 1, 2019 in connection with Vice President Pence’s visit to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky.” This is his clarification. Let me read it one more time: “Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I conveyed this message to Mr. Yermak on September 1, 2019 in connection with Vice President Pence’s visit to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky.”

We got six people having four conversations in one sentence and you just told me this is where you got your clear understanding. Which I mean, even though you had three opportunities with President Zelensky for him to tell you, “you know what, we’re going to do these investigations to get the aid.” Didn’t tell you three different times. Never makes an announcement, never tweets about it, never does a CNN interview. Ambassador, you weren’t on the call were you? You didn’t listen in on President Trump’s call and President Zelensky’s call?

AMB. BILL TAYLOR: I did not.

REP. JORDAN: You never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney?

AMB. TAYLOR: I never did.

REP. JORDAN: You never met the President?

AMB. TAYLOR: That’s correct.

REP. JORDAN: You had three meetings again with Zelensky and it didn’t come up.

AMB. TAYLOR: And two of those they had never heard about it as far as I know. There was no reason for it to come up.

REP. JORDAN: And President Zelensky never made an announcement. This is what I can’t believe. And you’re their star witness. You’re their first witness. You’re the guy—

AMB. TAYLOR: Mr. Jordan—

REP. JORDAN: You’re the guy based on this, I mean I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this.