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Let’s Understand What the ‘Deliverable’ Really Was

Former United States Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker in Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, to speak at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. (Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
October 22, 2019 3:27 p.m.

One of the in-process leaks from today’s closed door testimony on Capitol Hill is that Bill Taylor, acting Ambassador to Ukraine, said that military aid shipments were made contingent on a public declaration to investigate the Bidens and 2016 election conspiracy theories. This was pretty clearly discussed and confirmed in those text messages which ex-envoy Kurt Volker turned over to Congress earlier this month. (Impeachment investigators later released them to the public). But there’s a key wrinkle of this part of the story that is important to absorb.

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