Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, has inferred top officials were involved in a "potential quid pro quo" involving the withholding of military aid to Ukraine from the United States, conditional on an investigation into corruption by the Bidens.
Everybody knew about it, Sondland said; the president himself directed it through his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Sondland said; and indeed, United States military aid and a White House meeting were conditioned on an announcement of investigations of Joe Biden and 2016 election tampering. "So we followed the president's orders".
Gordon Sondland, a million-dollar donor to President Trump's inaugural fund, dropped "a real bombshell", Michigan Democratic representative Dan Kildee said today. "I want no quid pro quo,"' Sondland testified. This is not a man I know well. I have not spoken to him much.
I came into this at Volker's request. Within the crash, Sondland urged a Explain Department suitable, the president didn't indubitably care about Ukraine or the millions of bucks in protection force attend that had been being withheld from the US ally on the border with Russian Federation.
To those questions, Sondland replied with "yes" and said he has no testimony "other than my own presumption". He and other witnesses said that they did not know at the time that Trump's demand to investigate Ukrainian gas company Burisma also meant investigating Biden's son Hunter, who sits on the board.
Napolitano went on to say, "The president is smart enough to operate as president as he did when he was here as a developer in New York City: Through intermediaries where the communication is, he believed, privileged".
'You know, what I'm concerned about, you were part of the three amigos, but what I'm really concerned about, Ambassador Sondland is that the president and the good folks over here, my Republican colleagues, are now casting you as the one amigo, ' the Democratic congressman said, pointing to what he called efforts by Republicans to push all the blame on Sondland. "Uncover Zelenskiy to kill the gorgeous thing'".
Republican members of the intelligence committee seemed surprised at Sondland's testimony and at a loss for how to cross-examine him.
Genuinely, Sondland talked about, it wasn't Trump who gave him the assignment. Rather, then-national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney signed off. Hale is, in fact, testifying publicly at Republicans' request. However, he asserted: "I have no recollection of seeing a transcript of the call. Maybe they're talking", Sondland quipped during the hearing.