Tag: Ukraine

Trump’s Choice: National Security or Political Obsession

The last two impeachment investigations of the past half-century began with a third-rate burglary and an extramarital affair. They quickly expanded to question the credibility and ethics of the president, but never touched on America’s national interests in the weightiest geopolitical confrontations of their eras. The sober, just-the-facts testimony of two previously little-known diplomats on […]

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A Public Hearing, and a Feud Over Ukraine

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday, with William B. Taylor Jr. and George P. Kent, senior career civil servants, caught in the crossfire. Democrats underscored the constitutional import of the proceedings, while […]

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As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians are used to hearing the West call for stability in their country. This fall, the roles have reversed. “Ukraine would very much like to see a stable political situation in the States,” Oleksandr Turchynov, the previous Ukrainian president’s national security adviser, said in an interview. The relationship between Kiev and Washington, […]

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Behind a Star Witness, Democrats Take Their Impeachment Case to the Public

WASHINGTON — William B. Taylor Jr. was the witness that Democrats had hoped Robert S. Mueller III would be but was not — the image, at least, of a wise, fatherly figure with Kevlar credibility expressing restrained but unmistakable disapproval of what he found when he turned over the rock. House Democrats led off their […]

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The Only Show in Trump Town

Here come the holidays, and all we’re going to hear about is Ukraine. I know, who’d have thought? There’s the impeachment drama, and it’s all about Ukraine. The Democratic primaries are coming up, and every one of the 92 candidates is worried about mispronouncing Kiev. You’re going to be arguing about it at every office […]

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What We Learned From the First Day of Public Impeachment Hearings

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives held its inaugural open impeachment hearing on Wednesday, taking public testimony for the first time since endorsing the formal inquiry into allegations against President Trump. William B. Taylor Jr., the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, and George P. Kent, a senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine […]

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Republicans’ Best Defense Is a Bad Offense

What did Americans learn from the first day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry? They learned damaging new information, about another witness who reportedly overheard a telephone conversation in which President Trump pressed to find out if the Ukrainians had committed to investigating his top political rival. They learned they are still served by […]

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The Evidence of Wrongdoing by Trump Is Overwhelming

Impeachment is a constitutional procedure that should be reserved only for extraordinary times with the most extreme examples of abuse of power by a president. That is why, in our country’s history, only two presidents have been impeached. But this is one of those times. The evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump is overwhelming. The […]

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If Trump Were Anyone Else …

As the impeachment process unfolds, President Trump’s defenders will throw up dust clouds of complexity. But as the first day of open hearings suggested, it’s simple. Forget about Ukraine and diplomacy for a moment. Suppose that a low-ranking government official, the head of a branch Social Security office, intervened to halt a widow’s long-approved Social […]

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Who Is Ambassador Taylor? Key Witness in the Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — A Vietnam War veteran with decades of diplomatic experience, William B. Taylor Jr. has provided some of the sharpest objections so far to the Trump administration’s shadow foreign policy campaign in Ukraine. At the State Department, Mr. Taylor is known for candor — even if it puts him at odds with his superiors. […]

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Who Is Bill Taylor? Key Witness in the Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — A Vietnam War veteran with decades of diplomatic experience, William B. Taylor Jr. has provided some of the sharpest objections so far to the Trump administration’s shadow foreign policy campaign in Ukraine. At the State Department, Mr. Taylor is known for candor — even if it puts him at odds with his superiors. […]

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Who Is George Kent? State Dept. Official Who Described Trump’s Actions as ‘Wrong for the Rule of Law’

WASHINGTON — As the senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine, George P. Kent was so alarmed by what he viewed as President Trump’s efforts to initiate “politically motivated prosecutions” there that he wrote a memo about it over the summer — weeks before an anonymous whistle-blower’s explosive complaint prompted the impeachment inquiry. On […]

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Who Is William Taylor? Diplomat Who Warned of ‘Nightmare’ Situation in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — A Vietnam War veteran with decades of diplomatic experience, William B. Taylor Jr. has provided some of the sharpest objections so far to the Trump administration’s shadow foreign policy campaign in Ukraine. At the State Department, Mr. Taylor is known for candor — even if it puts him at odds with his superiors. […]

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What you need to know before impeachment hearings on Wednesday

Make no mistake about it: Democrats all but acknowledge there will be a vote to impeach President Donald Trump. But this week, and the hearings that follow, mark an enormously important piece of that process. Democrats on the investigating committees make clear they already believe they have the evidence to move forward with impeachment. These hearings will serve as […]

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Ukraine’s President Seeks Face-to-Face Meeting With Putin

MOSCOW — As the formal peace process for the Ukraine war bogged down last month, the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, reached out for a direct meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, an intermediary in the talks revealed on Tuesday. The United States does not participate directly in the negotiations, which are overseen by […]

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Oligarch of the Month: Dmitry Firtash

Rudy Giuliani’s cartoonishly inept dirt-digging operation in Ukraine would not have been possible without Dmitry Firtash, the shady Ukrainian natural gas magnate who has spent at least $1 million investigating the Biden family. Firtash has found himself at the heart of a sprawling international corruption investigation before. In 2006, he flew to India, where, according […]

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Defense Dept. Official Testified Trump Questioned Ukraine Aid in June

WASHINGTON — The White House began asking administration officials detailed questions about military assistance to Ukraine after a meeting with President Trump in mid-June, nearly a month before the aid was abruptly frozen, a top Pentagon official told impeachment investigators last month. Laura K. Cooper, a top Defense Department official in charge of Russia and […]

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To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation

On Friday, House investigators released the transcript of the former National Security Council official Fiona Hill’s testimony from last month. It showed a Republican staff member trying and failing to get Hill to concede that there might be some validity to the conspiracy theories underlying Donald Trump’s demands of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. “Are […]

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Bolton Rejects Legal Alliance With Mulvaney

WASHINGTON — A long-simmering feud within the White House broke into the open on Monday as a lawyer for John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, filed a motion trying to keep Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, from joining a lawsuit over impeachment testimony. Mr. Bolton’s lawyer argued in court […]

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