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Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, told House investigators on Tuesday that President Trump conditioned the release of military aid on the Ukrainian president’s willingness to promise to investigate natural gas company Burisma and alleged interference in the 2016 election, according to a copy of Taylor’s opening statement obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Taylor’s explosive testimony, which relies largely on his conversations with U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, draws a direct line from congressionally approved military aid to Ukrainian interference in domestic U.S. politics — the quid pro quo that Trump and his allies have long denied.

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