It Gets Worse: Sondland Informed WH Top Officials Of Trump’s Push For Biden Probe
President Donald Trump’s week from hell appears to have ended with a bang after The Wall Street Journal revealed that Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, kept top White House updated on the president’s efforts to persuade Ukraine to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Trump’s much-publicized July call with the country’s president.
The Journal reported on Sunday that Sondland updated officials, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, via email on the results of his efforts, which have become the center of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
The report comes as top officials, including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, have testified that they were uncomfortable with a “shadow” foreign policy seemingly being run out of the White House by Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
The White House’s effort to push Ukraine to investigate Biden has been viewed as an attempt to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election. Lawmakers have also taken issue with reports that the administration held up aid to Ukraine on the condition of the country launching an investigation.
Trump and his allies have defended the president, arguing that there was no “quid pro quo” because the aide was released and Ukraine didn’t launch the investigation.