A senior US diplomat has testified that the Trump Administration threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless it agreed to investigate Mr Trump’s leading US Presidential rival.
Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, told impeachment hearings he had a “clear understanding” aid would be withheld pending an investigation.
Public impeachment hearings will begin next Wednesday, with Mr Taylor set to be the first witness called.
Mr Taylor testified in closed door impeachment hearings last month, and a transcript of his evidence was released to the public on Wednesday.
Mr Taylor’s testimony follows evidence from Gordon Sondland, an ally of President Trump who is the US Ambassador to the European union, who told the impeachment hearings that he informed a Ukrainian official of a quid pro quo – US Military aid in exchange for an investigation announcement.