Ambassador Sondland testified today that in his mind there was a quid pro quo.
“Members of this Committee frequently frame these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a quid pro quo? … With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.”
Ambassador Sondland: "Members of this Committee frequently frame these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a quid pro quo? … With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes." pic.twitter.com/BvAF9XuyGm
— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) November 20, 2019
Trump allies countered by pointing out that President Trump told him very clearly that he did not want any quid pro quo.
WATCH: Ambassador Sondland confirms his previous testimony that President Trump told him very clearly that he DID NOT WANT any quid pro quo. pic.twitter.com/556wdtZi0O
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 20, 2019
Case closed ⇨ Ambassador Sondland just testified under oath that he NEVER heard the president say there were conditions on aid to Ukraine.
Democrats' smear campaign is falling apart.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 20, 2019
Dailymail reports Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the impeachment inquiry, implicated Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his testimony Wednesday where he said bluntly that a ‘quid pro quo’ was at work in regards to U.S. policy to the Ukraine.
Sondland implicated everyone but himself in a pressure campaign on the Ukraine to open an investigation into the president’s political rivals. At first, the quid pro quo was a White House meeting for the new Ukrainian president. Then military aid was withheld – and Sondland said that he came to the conclusion it was in the quid pro quo too.
‘At all times, I was acting in good faith. As a presidential appointee, I followed the directions of the President,’ he said in his testimony.
His bombshell testimony revealed that top level Trump administration officials knew what was happening at the time.
‘They knew what we were doing and why,’ Sondland told the House Intelligence Committee. ‘Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.’
And he said bluntly it was a ‘quid pro quo.’
‘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?’ Sondland said. ‘With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.’
And he said U.S. officials working on Ukraine policy did so at Trump’s direction – a direct implication that the president wanted a foreign government to investigate his top political rival in the 2020 presidential election.
‘We followed the president’s orders,’ he said.
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