Sondland: Trump Orchestrated ‘Aid For Dirt’ On Biden Scheme And Pompeo Knew It
Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, will testify Wednesday that there was a “quid pro quo” between Ukraine conducting politically-motivated investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and getting U.S. military aid, and that many in the administration, including Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, knew it, according to his opening statement.
“I know that members of this Committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes,” his opening statement says.
Sondland in his testimony says that many throughout the Trump administration realized the link between the issues, which has been at the center of the House impeachment inquiry.
“Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret. Everyone was informed view email on July 19, days before the Presidential call,” he will testify. “As I communicated to the team, I told President Zelensky in advance that assurances to ‘run a thorough investigation’ and ‘turn over every stone’ were necessary in his call with President Trump.”
Sondland also makes it clear that he and other officials did not want to work with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine issues, but did so at the direction of President Trump.
Sondland will testify that he has “no reason to doubt” the accounts of other witnesses who have detailed a July 26 phone call between Sondland and Trump, which took place a day after an infamous White House call Trump made to Ukraine’s president where he pushed for investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. During the July 26 call, he also raised the matter of “investigations.”
“Other witnesses have recently shared their recollection of overhearing this call. For the most part, I have no reason to doubt their accounts,” Sondland will testify.