Mark Meadows Rips Sondland “Bombshell,” Says He “Reached a Nefarious Conclusion on His Own”

Rep. Mark Meadows argued via a tweet that Ambassador Sondland reached the conclusion of “quid pro quo” on his own.

What this “bombshell” hearing is amounting to:

– Another witness who never heard anything from the President

– Reached a nefarious conclusion on his own

– Is contradicted by witnesses who actually DID get directives from the President

Rep. Steve Scalise shared a video of Sondland admitting ” “I don’t recall President Trump ever talking to me about any security assistance. Ever.””

Per the DailyBeast, Sondland interpreted requests and involvement from Rudy Giuliani as a “quid pro quo.”

“Secretary Perry, Ambassador  Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States,” Sondland said. “We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders.”

Sondald said  he did not believe at the time that Giuliani’s involvement was improper in part because he did not understand that the pressure for an investigation into Burisma meant an investigation into the Bidens. However, Sondland said he did believe that Giuliani’s exertion of pressure on Kyiv constituted a quid pro quo.

“Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky,” Sondland’s statement says. “Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President.”

Sondland said he also “shared concerns of the potential quid pro quo regarding the security aid” with Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who had visibility into the administration’s thinking on Ukraine.

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