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The U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, is expected to tell congressional lawmakers on Thursday that President, Trump told him it was not a quid pro quo, when Trump came to pass that the controversial July telephone conversation, the Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy.
A person familiar with his planned testimony, told Fox News that Sondland is expected to say that its SMS is reassuring, another messenger, that it is not a quid pro quo in dealing with Ukraine in a telephone conversation he had with trump, which lasted less than five minutes.
Sondland is also expected to tell Congress he has no knowledge of whether or not Trump told him the truth – that he told him it was not a quid pro quo –and that he believes the President of the appeasements and forward in a text-message exchange-his own conviction, that the White house was not of military assistance to Ukraine depends on a study in a company in connection with the family of chief Democratic presidential rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
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In the text exchange, the diplomats, an alarm is triggered, the Trump appeared to up the ante, the withholding of military aid in the Ukraine on the investigation.
An experienced diplomat on the text message, William Taylor, with called it “crazy to withhold security assistance” to Ukraine in exchange for “help in a political campaign.”
Sondland answered that the statement “wrong” about Trump’s intentions. “The President was crystal clear, no quid pro quo’s of any kind,” he said in the SMS.
Sondland was invited by several house committees, if he is remained in the survey after the trump administration blocks testimony of him to. He announced Friday that he would appear for questioning on Capitol Hill this week, in manifest disregard of the State Department.
“Ambassador Sondland has requested that the Department of State to allow, to bear witness to him, as soon as possible,” Jim McDermott, a lawyer Sondland, said in a statement via E-Mail last Thursday. “Just because no one is above the law, Ambassador Sondland has searched through all relevant documents, required by the Congress, the Department of State, like the Federal Records Act.”
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A witness may not be called before the Congress of the still-anonymous government whistleblower who touched off the charge request. Top Democrats say witness statements and evidence from other witnesses, and even the President himself, are securing the whistleblower’s account of what happened, while trump is July 25 call with Zelenskiy. The legislators have grown deeply concerned about the protection of the person of Trump’s threats over the matter and do not wish to risk exposing the identity of the whistleblower.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday, “We don’t need a whistleblower, who does not say on the call, to us to what happened during the call. We have the best proof of it.”
Ship said not to reveal it “necessary” must the identity of the whistleblower as a the house gathers the evidence. “Our primary interest now is to ensure that the person is protected,” he said.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.