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The U.S. Ambassador to the E. U., Gordon Sondland, President of trump card against Ukraine, allegations, and has defended in a series of text messages; Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill on key testimony.
The U.S. Ambassador to the E. U. Gordon Sondland said behind closed doors on Thursday that he was “disappointed” that President Trump working with a lawyer Rudy Giuliani told him in dealing with the Ukrainian government.
Sondland speaks to the investigators as a part of the house-Democrats ” impeachment request. The investigation focuses on the circumstances, the President of Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, in the Trump Zelensky demanded, “look into the” concerns about the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, the behavior of the country, as well as the Ukraine, the activities in the election in 2016.
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The State Department had initially issued Sondland locked to speak at a scheduled deposition earlier this month, but to appear Sondland later Thursday agreed to house Democrats subpoena.
According to his prepared remarks, the rich hotelier, and philanthropist, as I said in may, he and the rest of the US delegation that had visited, the Zelensky inauguration a few days earlier debriefed Trump and White House aides to the new Ukrainian government.
“We asked the White house to work call from President Trump and a functioning Oval Office, arrange to visit,” Sondland said. “But President Trump was skeptical that Ukraine was serious about reforms and anti-corruption, and pointed out to those of us that speak present at the meeting, Mr Giuliani, his personal lawyer, about his concerns.”
After Sondland, “it was obvious to all of us that the key to the change in the President’s mind was on the Ukraine, Mr. Giuliani.”
Sondland says that he is disappointed with Minister of energy, Rick Perry and the US envoy to Ukraine: Kurt Volker of the follow-up and the policy that you include Giuliani: “it was Our view that the men and women of the State Department, not the President’s personal attorney, should be responsible for all aspects of the US foreign policy towards Ukraine.”
He went on to say that in front of a choice, either to abandon the goal of a Zelensky meet the White house or with Giuliani, she opted for the latter.
In talks with Giuliani, Sondland claims that the former New York City mentioned the mayor both concerns about the election in 2016, and also Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company, where Biden’s son, Hunter sat on the Board.
“But I did not understand until much later that Mr. Giuliani’s agenda, perhaps, also an effort to prompt the Ukrainians to investigate Vice President Biden or his son, or the Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the President’s 2020 re-election campaign,” he says, adding that while Giuliani mentioned Burisma, he knew not, the connection to the three-piece.
“Again, I don’t remember any discussions with any state Department or White house official, Ex-Vice President Biden or his son, I remind you, to encourage every effort that an investigation into the three-piece,” he will say.
Democrats have claimed that Trump the back used military aid as a quid pro quo, Biden in order to investigate the pressure Zelensky. Trump has denied a quid pro quo, says he has always and only been concerned about the corruption. Sondland is connected, the denial had written when he was a SMS with Bill Taylor, a top US diplomat in the Ukraine, a dispute over allegations of a quid pro quo.
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“The President has made it clear that no quid pro quo’s of any kind,” Sondland texted Taylor in September. “The President is trying to evaluate, to adopt, whether or not Ukraine really is, the transparency and reforms, the President Zelensky promised during his campaign.”
In his remarks Thursday, Sondland said, after a phone call with Trump, where the President had said there is no quid pro quo was “several times” after Sondland on it, squeezing him.
The Ambassador was expected to address the media reported that Fiona Hill, a former senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs, told lawmakers on Monday that the former National security adviser John Bolton told her, notify an attorney in the National Security Council about the concerns about an alleged effort by the Sondland to pressure the Ukraine on the investigation.
“I’m not a part of what cook drug deal Sondland and [acting White house chief of staff Mick] is Mulvaney,” Bolton allegedly, Hill said according to The New York Times.
In his remarks, Sondland says that he always raised the NPC up to date with the efforts in relation to Ukraine, and “nothing was ever to me about any concerns concerning the Ukrainian policy.”
“To say it clear: Neither [Hill] still to Ambassador Bolton common critical comments at me, even after our 10. July meeting in 2019, the White house,” he said. “And so I have to back up your statement — if the media reports are correct — as the product is in hindsight and in the context of the well-known tensions between the NSC, on the one hand, and the State Department, on the other hand, had to be ultimately responsible for the execution of the policy of the United States overseas.”
Sondland’s appearance comes under the back-to-back-witnesses’ testimonies as part of the prosecution’s probe. On Wednesday, Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo de facto chief of staff, reportedly told investigators behind closed doors, he could no longer turn a blind eye in the midst of the Trump administration’s handling of the Ukraine, which is among the reasons he ended his 37-year career last week.
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On Friday, former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, the legislator said that she had been dismissed, after “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives”, and said she did not know why she had apparently been targeted by Giuliani.
“But people have been named in the press-contacts with Mr Giuliani may have believed that their personal financial ambitions were thwarted by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine,” she said.
Fox News’ rich Edson and Gregg Re contributed to this report.