Diplomats: Trump Effort to Extort Ukraine Undercut, Damaged U.S.

Longtime U.S. diplomats outlined their discomfort and disapproval with what they described as a campaign by President Donald Trumps allies to hijack Ukraine relations for Trumps re-election campaign, the central issue in Bill Taylor, the top diplomat in Kyiv, opened public hearings before the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry by detailing the workings of a novice Ukrainian president, Volodomyr Zelensky, and freezing about $400 million in military aid. It created at least one diplomatic casualty: Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, whom a disinformation campaign drove from the U.S. embassy in Kyiv. Yovanovitch is slated to testify on Friday. Taylor also revealed new information about the extent of Trumps interest in Ukraine opening publicly that Trump withheld the aid to compel Ukrainian complianceonly …

Exclusive: Source for Ukraine Collusion Allegations Met Devin Nunes

The former Ukrainian diplomat at the center of allegations that Kyiv meddled in the 2016 election has met Rep. Devin Nunes, the California firebrand who is met with him extensively. And Trump has touted his claims. Congressman Nunes had a really interesting and good impact on me as a very positive and influential politician who loves America and is interested in Ukraine and developments on fighting Russia, Telizhenko told The Daily Beast. We talked about how to fight Russian aggression in Ukraine and Russian propaganda. The previously unreported conversation is the only known encounter between two of the more significant figures in the story of Trumps relationships with Russia and Ukraine. Nunes office did not respond to a request for …