Damning new evidence against President Donald Trump was revealed during the first day of the House Intelligence Committe’s public impeachment hearings.
During the hearing on Wednesday, U.S. Diplomat to Ukraine Bill Taylor testified that he had knowledge of a conversation between the U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and President Trump that took place just one day after Trump’s infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to Taylor, one of his aides overheard the conversation between Trump and Sondland in a restaurant, during which Trump reportedly asked Sondland about his earlier request for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden.
President Trump has since denied such allegations. Of course, Trump has also previously denied even knowing Sondland, in what appears to have been an effort to erase any possible links between the two. In any case, Sondland is scheduled to testify next week, a testimony which will be sure to either clear things up or lead only to more questions.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent also testified on Wednesday, confirming Taylor’s testimony that President Trump did, in fact, request that Zelensky open an investigation into Joe Biden with the purpose of finding dirt on his potential political opponent.
While Trump’s Republican colleagues spent the entire hearing defending him, finding more and more creative ways to make those in the room question both their own realities and the very definition of a crime, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff asked the question on everyone else’s minds, that gets to the heart of the matter.
“If this is not impeachable conduct, what is?”