After Months of Giuliani pressuring Ukraine officials to open an investigation into Biden ....
July 18: Trump blocks nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine
Taylor, in his written testimony, says he was on a video conference with National Security Council staff and others that day when someone from the
Office of Management and Budget chimed in and "said that she was from OMB and that her boss had instructed her not to approve any additional spending
of security assistance for Ukraine until further notice." According to Taylor, she said, "The directive had come from the President to the Chief of
Staff to OMB."
ONE DAY LATER
7/19/19 Text From Kurt Volker (US Special Rep Ukraine) to Taylor (US Diplomat to Ukraine) and Sondland (US Ambassador EU)
Had breakfast with Rudy this morning—teeing up call with Yermak (Chief Advisor to President Zelensky) Monday,
Must have helped.
Most (important) is for Zelensky to say that he will help investigation
—and address any specific personnel issues—if there are any.
TWO DAYS after THE UNEXPLAINED HOLD ON AID
Taylor holds a call with Ukrainian national security adviser Alexander Danyliuk "during which he conveyed to me that President
Zelenskyy did not want to be used as a pawn in a U.S. re-election campaign,"
according to Taylor's written testimony.
A WEEK AFTER THE HOLD AND 30 MINUTES BEFORE TRUMP + ZELENSKY CALL
July 25, 8:36 a.m. VOLKER texts YERMAK (President Zelensky's Chief Advisor)
Kurt Volker: Good lunch - thanks.
Heard from White House -- Assuming President Z convinces Trump he will investigate/ "get to the bottom of what happened in 2016", we will nail down
date for Visit to Washington.
Good luck! See you tomorrow- kurt
July 25 Trump and Pres Zelenksy Speak by phone and Trump asks for investigations into Crowdstrike and Biden
Aug. 9 to 17
In a series of text threads released by House investigators, State Department officials, Giuliani and Yermak discuss a
statement that would commit Ukraine to investigate both the 2016 election and Burisma.
In one exchange, Sondland tells Volker that Trump "really wants the deliverable,"
Yermak says they want to set a date for a meeting before discussing making public statements about investigations.
Aug. 28: Politico reports that U.S. military aid to Ukraine is being held up.
Yermak sends a text to Volker the next day linking to the article and says, "Need to talk with you." Yermak also tells Taylor he is
Aug. 29: Trump cancels a trip to Poland
to commemorate World War II. He is scheduled to meet with Zelenskiy while on the trip
Sondland met with Yermak in Warsaw and told the Ukrainian official that "the security assistance money would not come until President Zelenskyy
committed to pursue the Burisma investigation."
"Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?" Sondland replies, "Call me."
On that call, Taylor writes in his testimony,"Ambassador Sondland told me that President Trump had told him that he wants President Zelenskyy to
state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election."
He adds that Sondland told him "everything" was contingent on "such an announcement, including security assistance" and that Trump wanted to put
Zelenskiy "in a public box."
Taylor continues that on that call with Sondland:
"Ambassador Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes
him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay up before signing the check."
Taylor says he argued that the explanation made no sense and that "holding up security assistance for domestic political gain was 'crazy'."
Sept. 9: On the day that the congressional intelligence committees are formally notified of the existence of the whistleblower complaint
Ambassador Taylor in a text with Sondland says, "As I said on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a
LESS THAN 48 HOURS AFTER THE WHISTLE BLOWER COMPLAINT BECOMES KNOWN..
Sept. 11: Under pressure from lawmakers, the White House releases the funding for Ukraine without any explanation of what changed.
edit on 1-11-2019 by Extorris because: (no reason given)