U.S. Envoy to EU Acknowledges Ukraine Quid Pro Quo in Impeachment Testimony

Erin Scott/Reuters

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland presumed there was a quid pro quo in the Trump administration’s withholding of U.S. aid to Ukraine pending an anti-corruption investigation, according to an excerpt released by congressional impeachment investigators on Tuesday.

In supplemental testimony, Sondland said that by the beginning of September, “in the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid, I presumed that the aid suspension had become linked to the proposed anti-corruption statement.”

The House of Representatives’ impeachment investigation is focused on a July 25 phone call in which President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic rival, and his son Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company that had been investigated for corruption.

Trump froze nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine shortly before speaking to Zelenskiy, prompting accusations from Democrats that he had misused taxpayer dollars destined for a vulnerable U.S. ally for personal gain.

Sondland had initially denied knowledge of any link between the aid and Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate the Bidens.

Congressional Democrats also released testimony from Kurt Volker, Trump’s former special representative for Ukraine negotiations.

Witnesses have testified that Volker and Sondland, with Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, were known as the “three amigos,” responsible for Trump’s unofficial channel to Ukrainian government officials.

Volker resigned as special representative in September. He testified to the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight panels for more than eight hours behind closed doors on Oct. 3.

Sondland, a major Trump donor, testified on Oct. 17.

Perry, a former Texas governor who said he was resigning from his Cabinet post as of Dec. 1, has refused to testify so far.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and accused Democrats of unfairly targeting him in hope of reversing his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. So far, he has maintained strong support from fellow Republicans in Congress.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Andy Sullivan, Peter Cooney and Paul Simao)

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WellHungChad
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SyPhyllis, for you and the benefit of the TDS retarded like you: “U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland PRESUMED there was a quid pro quo in the Trump administration’s withholding of U.S. aid to Ukraine pending an anti-corruption investigation” What part of the word “PRESUMED” don’t you understand? Sondland apparently never got the memo that the aid suspension had been lifted and the Ukrainian president was unaware that it had ever been suspended at the time of the call, nor did you! If you’re still stuck reading the MSM garbage as your only news sources, that “partially” explains… Read more »

WellHungChad
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SyPhyllis, I’ll bite, “So F-ing what?”

We already have Quid Pro Joe on tape admitting to committing his quid pro quo. Or are you only concerned when it concerns DJT? Does your TDS blind you to the corruption of the Obama administration or are you just that stupid? I’ll put you down for stupid.

If Biden murdered someone in the Ukraine would you still claim that DJT’s request to investigate Biden’s corruption was motivated to investigate his political adversary?

Phyllis Softa
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James at 8:21 am 11/6: “Who changed Sondland’s testimony? Did Schiff change it to suit his anti-Trump, pro-Hillary narrative?” —WHAT is your news outlet? Mr. Sondland’s attorney sent the additional testimony to the committee on Monday afternoon, knowing Amb. Sondland’s testimony was being released on Tuesday. Apparently Sondand took some Prevagen and his memory returned. THINK! The Committees sent Sondland and his attorney the testimony prior to release. If Chairman Schiff changed anything, would you not trust them to object? If the additional testimony was altered, would not Sondland or his attorney be front and center telling the public that… Read more »

General Confusion
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“Who changed Sondland’s testimony?” Confused James

If you kept up, you would know that Sondland realized that he couldn’t get away with his lie anymore, so get threw his hands up and said, “O.K., O.K., I give up!!

This is what happens when a normal person is caught lying, except for Teflon Don.

Michael
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“I said that resumption of the U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anticorruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks.”

Michael
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TOM presumes to have a defense…

TOM
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“Gordon Sondland presumed there was a quid pro quo”. PRESUMED – to suppose to be true without proof.

General Confusion
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“Sondland had initially denied knowledge of any link” Reuters article

Hey, Reuters! I am confused.

This sound like something of significance, so why did you decide to use that weak-assed headline rather than something along the lines of “Sondland Changes His Tesitmony”. That seems more fitting, don’t you think?

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