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With the first day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump getting underway on Wednesday, Ambassador William Taylor testified on July events relevant to the inquiry — and Taylor’s testimony, according to CNBC White House reporter Christina Wilkie, “raises new questions” for Ambassador Sondland to answer.

Wilkie posted a transcript of Taylor’s testimony on Twitter. Taylor testified that a member of his staff “told me of events that occurred on July 26” — which was the day after Trump’s now-famous July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who he tried to pressure into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden. The staff member, according to Taylor, “accompanied” Sondland, who met with Zelensky adviser Andriy Yermak.

“Following that meeting,” Taylor said, Sondland called Trump and “told him of his meetings in Kyiv. The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Gordon Sondland about ‘the investigations.’ Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”

Taylor added, “Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which (Trump attorney Rudy) Giuliani was pressing for.”

IMAGE: William Taylor, center.

Lincoln Project "Secretary of Failure" screenshot

Sooner or later, the Lincoln Project had to train its scope on Jared Kushner, Trump's empowered son-in-law who has botched every important assignment in the White House. With signature remorseless style, this ad explains how has failed all of them: "This pampered princeling has never met a problem that he couldn't f*ck up."

Sadly for 150,000 dead Americans and counting, one of those Kushner assignments was a strategy to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Typically, he has declared victory and accomplished nothing.

We warmly congratulate Jared on his new title: "Secretary of Failure."