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    Did Ukraine's Autocratic Adversaries Sway Trump?

    Some reports suggest President Donald Trump's perception of the country as a corrupt backwater was shaped by its less-than-friendly neighbors. Current and former U.S. officials believe his conversations with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin — around the time personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was prodding the new Ukrainian government to investigate U.S. Democrats — reinforced Trump's alleged attempt to exploit, rather than support, Ukraine.

    What's next in the impeachment probe? Today congressional investigators will hear from William Taylor, the head of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, who strongly objected to using military aid as a political bargaining chip.

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