Sondland Kept Pompeo Updated On Trump’s Pressure On Ukraine To Investigate Biden
President Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo updated on Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden days after U.S. military aid to Ukraine was withheld, The New York Times reported early Wednesday.
The report comes hours before Sondland is set to testify later the day in the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Kyiv.
According to The Times, Sondland in mid-August met with Pompeo to arrange a meeting between President Trump and newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Sondland reportedly told Pompeo about encouraging Zelensky to vow during a meeting between the leaders in Poland to take actions desired by Trump in order to improve U.S.-Ukraine relations. Pompeo reportedly approved this plan, but Trump canceled his trip to Poland after the scheme was exposed by the whistleblower, the Times noted.
The impeachment inquiry began after a whistleblower complained about a phone call in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden days after U.S. military aid to Ukraine was withheld.
The ambassador changed his testimony earlier this month to say there was clear quid pro quo in the exchange of military aid for an investigation into Biden.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.