November 6, 2019 / 8:11 PM / in 4 months

Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine says Burisma probe sought to hurt Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, told lawmakers he believed the push to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma and its ties to Hunter Biden was motivated by a desire to attack Hunter’s father, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“As I understood the reason for investigating Burisma was to cast Vice President Biden in a bad light,” Taylor said, according to a transcript of closed-door testimony he delivered as part of an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. The committees leading the probe released the transcript on Wednesday.

Biden is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, making him one of President Donald Trump’s main political rivals.

Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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