‘That Means It’s All Over’: Trump Claims Sondland’s Testimony Vindicates Him

Speaking to reporters while departing the White House, President Donald Trump claimed that the impeachment inquiry is “all over,” after testimony from Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union.

Trump recounted a conversation that Sondland described during his testimony, where Trump said, “I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo,” and claimed that statement should end the impeachment inquiry.

“That means it’s all over. What do you want from Ukraine, he asks me, screaming. What do you want from Ukraine? I keep seeing all these ideas and theories.”

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Trump continued to tout Sondland’s testimony, where he said Trump declared he did not want a quid pro quo.

“Here is my response that he just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I want nothing. That’s what I want from Ukraine. I want nothing — I said it twice.”

While Trump has blasted previous witnesses as “never Trumpers,” he said that Sondland “seems like a nice guy,” but downplayed his connection to Sondland.

“I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy, though. He was with other candidates. He actually supported other candidates. Not me — came in late.”

Sondland testified that there was a quid pro quo in exchange for a meeting at the White House. However, he added that nobody told him that military aid would be linked to investigations into Burisma Holdings and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

While he was being questioned by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Sondland said Trump told him he did not want a quid pro quo.

“I believe I just asked him an open-ended question, Mr. Chairman. I kept hearing all these different ideas and theories, and this and that. What do you want? And it was a very short, abrupt conversation and he was not in a good mood. And he just said, I want nothing, I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing. Something to that effect.”

Trump mentioned his desire for Ukraine to announce an investigation into the Bidens during a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president, but has repeatedly claimed that he did not want a quid pro quo in exchange for the investigations.

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Michael
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Bob, there was one person at the top, and everyone was being directed by his personal lawyer.

Bob
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Join the discussion…Yea, obutticus put us in the toilet and klinton was supposed to flush it paul. We are watching the deliberations dummy. Every single witness when confronted with really hard questions and reality came up with the same answers. They are: “I assumed”, I had no direct knowledge”, I heard it from a staffer”, “it is my opinion”, I believe”, “I heard it from, etc, etc, etc. Second, third, fourth and fifth person information and a BUNCH of opinion. NO ONE can be convicted on that kind of information and in fact courts will NOT even allow it in… Read more »

Paul
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It’s amazing that any Always-Trumper can accept what he says. For Pete’s sake: Watch the deliberations! What reason has he to lie, especially with witnesses to Trump’s wailing? I mean, really: how much should accept before realizing our nation could be close to falling into a sewer pit?

Cherl
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Golly, Michael. What a strange analogy. So you also read minds? Sondland’s in particular. I thought Nancy changed it to bribery. Double talk that!

Michael
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Cherl thinks that Sondland explaining that Trump said he wanted no quid pro quo after he was most likely aware of how it appeared means that there was no quid pro quo. In what world does a criminal saying he did not commit a crime when he us accused constitute a defense?

Cherl
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Whoa! The trolls are out in full absurdity today. Reading “always confused “ talking in circles was not surprising. Who is the “we” he refers to about “ NOT lying”? Of course, they are. I watched Sondland say that Trump wanted no quid pro quo. Came late in his testimony which was peculiar but it was there nevertheless. Spinning it any other way will not change what Sondland said.
But there is still the issue of Hunter Biden. That IS concerning!

banstan
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michael moore- “Such a novel argument! I am innocent because I said I was innocent–imagine if other criminals figured out that brilliant defense.” He’s innocent because DIRECT TESTIMONY says he’s innocent. PERIOD! Why do you ALWAYS leave out pertinent FACTS in your comments?

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