Former Ukraine Envoy Bill Taylor says CrowdStrike server theory wasn’t probed because State Dept. didn’t take it seriously

File – Former American diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor is pictured. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

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According to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, the State Department did not properly investigate the country’s role in alleged election meddling.

In a recent interview, Taylor said U.S. diplomats were not directed to find out if CrowdStrike servers could be located in Ukraine because nobody took the issue seriously. He also pointed out that Ukraine’s alleged involvement in U.S. elections was deemed “Russian propaganda.”

Taylor served as the top envoy to Ukraine between 2006 and 2009 as well as in June 2019 until January of 2020. Meanwhile, President Trump was concerned about alleged events from 2016.

“Hybrid war is more than tanks and soldiers…hybrid war is information war, it’s cyber war, it’s economic war, it’s a tax on elections,” said Taylor. “As we know, they’ve attacked our elections.”

Taylor also said there is a lot of disinformation around Ukraine and its war with the Kremlin. He warned the U.S. should be very careful about those kinds of stories.

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Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat for Ukraine who testified before the House in the impeachment inquiry, plans to leave his post by the end of the year, a person familiar with his plans told Fox News on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the Vacancies Act, Taylor could have remained in his position until Jan. 8 — and even longer under his current State Department contract — but will hand over his responsibilities to the Deputy Chief of Mission on Jan. 1 and leave Kiev the following day.

Ambassador Bill Taylor and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, testify before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. 

Ambassador Bill Taylor and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, testify before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. (Reuters)

Taylor’s future plans with the State Department were not immediately clear, nor was it clear who Taylor’s permanent replacement would be.

Taylor was serving as the acting ambassador, having never been formally confirmed by the Senate. Ukraine has been without a permanent ambassador since Marie Yovanovitch was fired from the position in May.

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Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran who previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine under President George Bush, was tapped by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to replace Yovanovitch in June.

Taylor made headlines last month while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee regarding his knowledge of President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine that have set in motion an impeachment investigation.

In September, Taylor texted U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland saying it was “crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.”

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Hours later, Sondland replied: “The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.”

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