Sondland Says Giuliani Pushed For Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

    U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, left, arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. At right is his attorney Robert Luskin. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani had pushed a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine that he had to go along with because it’s what President Donald Trump wanted.

    “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 of his dealings with Trump’s personal attorney.

    Sondland, the most highly anticipated witness in the public impeachment probe, made clear that he believed Trump was pursuing his desire for investigations in return for the Oval Office meeting that the Eastern European nation’s president sought. Sondland said he later came to believe military aid for Ukraine was also being held up until the investigations were launched.

    “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,” he said.

    The impeachment inquiry focuses significantly on allegations that Trump sought investigations of Democrat Joe Biden and his son — and the discredited idea that Ukraine rather than Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election — in return for the badly needed military aid as well as the White House visit.

    Sondland, a wealthy hotelier and Trump donor, has emerged as a central figure in an intense week in the impeachment prone that has featured nine witnesses testifying over three days. Both Democrats and Republicans were uncertain about what Sondland would testify to, given that he had already clarified parts of his initial private deposition before lawmakers.

    His opening statement included several key details. He confirmed that he spoke with Trump on a cellphone from a busy Kyiv restaurant the day after the president prodded Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden. He also said he kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top administration officials aware of his dealings with Ukraine on the investigations Trump sought.

    Sondland said he specifically told Vice President Mike Pence he “had concerns” that U.S. military aid to Ukraine “had become tied” to the investigations.

    “Everyone was in the loop,” Sondland testified in opening remarks. “It was no secret.”

    Sondland appeared prepared to fend off scrutiny over the way his testimony has shifted in closed-door settings, saying “my memory has not been perfect.” He said the State Department left him without access to emails, call records and other documents he needed in the inquiry.

    Still, he did produce new emails and text messages to bolster his assertion that others in the administration were aware of the investigations he was pursuing for Trump from Ukraine.

    Sondland insisted, twice, that he was “adamantly opposed to any suspension of aid” for Ukraine. “I was acting in good faith. As a presidential appointee, I followed the directions of the president.”

    The son of immigrants who he said escaped Europe during the Holocaust, Sondland described himself as a “lifelong Republican” who has worked with officials from both parties, including Biden.

    Democratic Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California opened the hearing saying, “The knowledge of this scheme was far and wide.”

    Schiff warned Pompeo and other administration officials who are refusing to turn over documents and testimony to the committee “they do so at their own peril.” He said obstruction of Congress was included in articles of impeachment during Watergate.

    The top Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes of California, decried the inquiry and told the ambassador, “Mr. Sondland, you are here to be smeared.”

    Nunes renewed his demand to hear from the still-anonymous whistleblower whose complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy led the House to open the impeachment inquiry.

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    1. I’m curious to know what our distinguished and esteemed scholar in residence, Mr. “Educated Archy” thinks of Ambassador Sondland’s testimony. Don’t forget that he gave Trump millions of dollars, during the 2016 campaign, and that they were very close. Archy, is Sondland also a “liar, and a faker”?

      • “Sondland is also a “Liar”?? My big question is: Sondland is a Yid (jewish) Lt Colonel Vindman (yesterday) is a Yid, Cohen is a Yid on and on. What is the reason that all Yiden who are hired by Trump and working for Trump in some case gave millions to Trump turning against Trump and testifying to Impeach him etc. Obama had even more Jews in high position (J. Lew, Rahm Emanuel and the rest in the Pesach Seders what Trump cancelled) and not a single one of them turned against him. Not in year 1 or 3 or ever. Jews are known smart, decent honorable people. The chosen ones. So anyone with Educated answers please? (Please don’t tell me they are angry with Trump for cancelling the Seders because his son in law doesnt eat Gebrachst? or some other Libtard,Soros narischkeits.

      • Firstly, he is a flip flooper. Secondly, giving money to a campaign is not an indicator of support. Trump donated to Hillary too. its about buying political favors. 3 years ago the wheels were greased via giving money to trump now its greased via besmirching him. Its all a shpiel. And dumb people like you fall for it. But its nice to see that you have all the classic talking points lined up so neatly.

        More generally, you miss the boat. i don’t think trump is a tzadaik or upstanding. The man plays dirty. But I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me and we still want him as president. I also think he is justfied some what. Trump is so pushed against the corner with the constant barrage of attacks. Every inch of every business is so scrutinized. His kids can’t breath. And he can’t function, do his work etc… The election is rigged against him. yes rigged. How? The main stream media is so biased both in tone and in altitude (Even with interviewing trump supporters so mockingly and aggressive). in order to win you guys force him to play dirty and he beats you at your own game. Biden is getting killed more than Trump.

        I urge all Americans to listen to the full Nunes testimony yesterday.

        PS Nachum just curious , you are a failry new name to the scene of comments on VIN. How is it that you are so comfortable so soon? You know all the nunances and where to comment. Perhaps you can provide some insight to us.

        • What does Nachums or Yoni or others names has to do with Trump? Get it over . You are clearly not EDUCATED so you have the Chutzpeh to accuse others names. T…. and “you dont care” Well most other Jews do care. Maybe that is the reason they all dropping him soooo fast. “””HE CANT’T FUNCTION, DO HIS WORK” This is your words. We all agree. A first since T. Can you please write him an open letter right here on VIN as the leading defender of the POTUS and ask him to do the only Honorable thing he can do based on you own admission and RESIGN. No one (hopefully including you) wants a POTUS and Commander in Chieff who “Can’t function” Genuck.

          • Screen names have to do with how serious we take you as a commnetor. If you yell the moral high ground yet you are just as corrupt your comment has no meaning and no credince. Its also rude and hard to debate and it sows confusion. We don’t like cheater.

            FYI, “most frum torah Jews do not care. i told you a million times a jew who doesn’t keep the torah aka an atheist jew, his opinion has no value too me.

            No Trump will not RESIGN. he is doing a great job despite pinning him against the corner. he can’t function but does funtion.

            4 more years!

        • From Nachum to Archy- Actually, I am not new to VIN, as I’ve been posting since 2010; In the past, I used anonymous postings. However, once VIN switched to a new website, it gave us the option of saving our username, and I decided to use my real name. To change the topic, I miss the old website, as there were archives which were available, and which were readily accessed. For example, if I wanted to look up something which occurred, in 2006 (such as the disorders in Boro Park), it was very easy to do so. Now, it is not possible to look up older postings, as they are not broken down by year. VIN asked for our opinion on the new website some time ago. However, I don’t think that there was any follow-up on its part.

          • For example, if I wanted to look up something which occurred, in 2006 (such as the disorders in Boro Park)

            Why is that so of interest to you? Why would you want to look that up?

            Funny I never noticed your anonymous posts. I can sense style

        • “Trump is pushed…” Really? Are you surprised? Did you ever heard about Iran Contra? (Hint: Reagan) Watergate? Travelgate? Benghazi? None of them even close to Bribery, Extortion. Hillary is under investigations for 20+ years. Trump is just started 9 months ago. His biggest mistake is getting his family involved. They will be investigated for the rest of their lives. (even a Pardon wont help in NY) Just sit back and enjoy the show.

          • Noone was ever hunted as bad as trump and including extending to family.

            Keep in dreaming you fool. NY makes alot of nois eand wastes alot of money. They know they will never ever lay their fat hands on trump. Let them send the NYPD to the WH to cuff him and stop and frisk him. Good luck you dudo

    2. Soldland has clearly testified as to quid pro quo and made clear Pence and many cabinet officials were involved. The Republicans should start looking for a new candidate for the 2020 election.

      • No they shouldn’t. Trump is perfect and the best.

        McConnel will say no removal during an election year! Sodland is talking to a wall.

        Keep dreaming mr ghost.

        • Archy, “Trump is perfect and the best” is hilarious. in what way is he “perfect” and what exactly is he “best” at? I never knew that any person can be perfect with no need for improvement. I assume you are ignoring his midos.
          I don’t comment often because the discourse here has deteriorated and when I do you accuse me of being someone else.

          • Ok nachum, Perfect is a poor choice of words. Perfect would be someone like Trump with more morals.

            In what way is he doing a great job? Let’s see
            1) Iran: Everyone yelled how can we rip up old agreement. Guess what. Iran is now starving. Everyone said Europe won’t drop sanctions so its irrelevant. It turns out Europe’s hands are tied and Iran is mad at Europe. The regime had to increase gas prices and rations and now people are protesting. And so trump is yes straving them an calling their bluffs
            2) no nonsense policy with Palestinians. Israel can build settlements, embassy move etc.. No more Arafat yimach shimo tricks
            3) Mexico was forced to crack down on the migrant flow
            4) Great tax cuts.
            5) Working out Tarrifs with China. most of all it forced china to the table. Even if you don’t like his approach, and even if Trump loses (its possible) someone is forced to deal with it now.
            6) No more silly paris deal. No climate change hoaxes
            7) Rubashkin a victim of a witch hunt from an overzealous prosecutor looking to advance her career by shechting someone is out of prison.
            8) ISIS is gone. And as he promised we are out of syria like it or not. The silly arab spring is over. its a failure and Assad who sirael prefers as the weak enemy whom we can slap around is back in charge.

            Am I done yet?

            • Probelm wth our theory is my name is locked to a picture. Its intentional. Even if i use a different name you’ll see my pic so there is full transparency. Unlike I can say for you. ‘

              Kind of debunked or shtuched out. Go back to your derfel

    3. Now I’ll give it up, Archy….I’m really Sondland! I am the deep state…I am all the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee – I orchestrate daily the impeachment investigation…I use my super liar-self-hating-liberal powers to morph into all who comment negatively against Your The Lord High Master and P***y Grabber Donald J. Drumph…I am your one and only Enemy No. 1.


      • You give it up Yoni, There is nothing wrong what T he did. Perfect Phone conversation. Its done all the time. that is how it works. Withholding 3 Billion from Israel until they give back every single inch they occupying against International Law and against 198 UN Country’s (One agrees for the next 11 months ) is perfectly Legal. Asking China etc and other to investigate every single White Supremacist Senator an Congressman is how things will get done.

      • Your immature ranting doesn’t negate the 10 point proof I have posted before. I have circumstantial intellectual evidence, Its not just screaming and yelling like you.

        Now time to grow up and act moral.

        I have a simple way to stop this all. Do like me and use a pic in your post. As you can see, I may switch my screen name to make a point but you still know its me. Now shove it or shut up you immature imbecile.

    4. Can someone spare me? This impeachment was suppose to be drama and nixon watergate or clinton. I was listening bit yesterday. Boooooooooooooooring. Yaaaaaaaaaaaawn! Lack luster democrates are putting me to sleep. Nunes was the only fun guy. Please some action.

    5. So where is Crazy Uncle Rudy today? Where is Roger Stain? Where is In Like Flynn? Manafart? The Russian Spy Girl? Ricky Perry a d his dirty energy deal? WHERE ARE THEY WHEN WE (DON’T) NEED THEM?


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