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Opening Statement for First Public Hearing from Taylor Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (11/13/2019)

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Opening  Statement of Ambassador  William  B. Taylor


   Before the House Permanent  Select Committee  on Intelligence

                        November   13, 2019

Mr. Chairman, I am appearing today at the Committee's request to
provide my perspective on the events that are the subject of the
Committee's inquiry. I want to emphasize at the outset that, while I am
aware that the Committee has requested my testimony as part of
impeachment  proceedings, I am not here to take one side or the other, or
to advocate for any particular outcome of these proceedings. My sole
purpose is to provide facts as I know them about the incidents in
question as well as my views about the strategic importance of Ukraine
to the United States.

By way  of background, it has been a privilege for me to serve our
country and the American people for more than fifty years, starting as a
cadet at West Point, then as an infantry officer for six years, including
with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam; then at the Department of
Energy; then as a member of a Senate staff; then at NATO; then with the
State Department here and abroad-in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jerusalem, and
Ukraine. I retired from the State Department in 2009 to join the U.S.
Institute of Peace.

I am neither a career member of the Foreign Service nor of the civil
service. I am non-partisan and have been appointed to my positions by
every president from President Reagan to President Trump.

Let me summarize my  main points.

First, Ukraine is a strategic partner of the United States, important for
the security of our country as well as Europe. Ukraine is on the front line
in the conflict with a newly aggressive Russia.


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