Deborah Furlan Taylor Bio
Deborah Furlan Taylor is best known as the wife of William Bill Taylor who is an American diplomat, former government official, and former soldier. Bill Taylor will be one of the high profile witnesses set to testify in the impeachment inquiry into allegations of abuse of power by U.S. President Donald Trump is set to take the spotlight with public hearings after weeks of closed-door depositions. Taylor’s testimony in the closed sessions has been considered among the most damaging to the president.
Deborah Furlan Taylor Children
Deborah and Bill Taylor, Jr. have two children, listed in Congressional records as Christopher O’Neill Taylor and Mary Morgan Taylor.
Who is William Bill Taylor?
He is the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, also known as the chargé d’affaires. Taylor is also a career diplomat and military veteran who has served in Republican and Democratic administrations, including as ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. He was asked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take over after Trump had Marie Yovanovitch removed from the ambassadorship. He said it was a tough decision to return to Kyiv — the treatment of Yovanovitch and Rudy Giuliani’s involvement were among the factors that gave him pause — but ultimately he accepted Pompeo’s request.
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William Bill Taylor impeachment hearings on Ukraine
Taylor took over as the top U.S. official in Ukraine as this scandal was unfolding. He wasn’t in the room where the alleged quid pro quo orders were issued, but he was talking to many people who were in the key rooms both in Washington and in Kyiv.
In his closed-door deposition with congressional investigators last month, Taylor said his “clear understanding” of the White House’s position was that US military aid and other assistance wouldn’t go to Ukraine unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. In other words, he believed there was a clearly proposed quid pro quo.
Taylor’s concerns about the White House’s Ukraine policy first came to light in text messages between him and two US diplomats in which Taylor expressed his worry that pushing the Ukrainians to open such an investigation would inappropriately involve that country in domestic US politics. The envoy, who in his testimony was very open about wanting the US to strongly support Ukraine, said he was worried that the aid-for-investigations ploy would hurt American-Ukrainian relations.