CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin admitted that the witnesses in today’s impeachment hearing not having contact with President Donald Trump could cause problems for the Democrats.
William Taylor, America’s top diplomat to Ukraine, and State Department official George Kent provided testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.
However, the Republicans on the committee “specifically questioned” the two men “about their previous testimony which relied heavily on second- and third-hand knowledge.”
Then Taylor brought up an unknown phone call between Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, which happened a day after the president spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Sondland allegedly told Trump the Ukrainian government was “ready to move forward with an investigation of the Bidens.”
Taylor found out about the phone call because Sondland made that phone call in front of an associate of Taylor.
But despite that new evidence, Toobin pointed out a problem:
During CNN’s post-testimony coverage, Toobin called that conversation an “important new development.”
“[That call is] important, because the one criticism of these two witnesses, which I think is very much legitimate, it’s not really a criticism, it’s just a factual statement is that neither of them had direct contact with the president. Ever, and that’s a problem if you’re going to impeach the president,” he added.
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