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U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent were the first witnesses to offer their testimony in the open and were grilled for several hours over their knowledge of Trump’s conduct with Ukraine. GOP lawmakers specifically questioned the witnesses about their previous testimony, which relied heavily on second- and third-hand knowledge.
Following the hearing, CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin suggested that the vocal observation from Trump’s defenders was “legitimate.”
“The one criticism of these two witnesses, which I think is very much legitimate — it’s not really a criticism, it’s a factual statement, is that neither of them had direct contact with the president,” Toobin said.
“Ever,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper stressed.
“Ever,” Toobin responded. “And, that’s a problem if you’re going to impeach the president.”
Toobin also pointed out the “large new development” was Taylor testifying that one of his aids witnessed a conversation Trump had with U.S. Ambassador to the E.U Gordon Sondland.
Taylor said Trump invoked “investigations” about the Bidens following his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.