Impeachment Testimony Leaked To Wall Street Journal – GOP Shook

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The most important aspect of the impeachment inquiry into the Ukraine scandal has been to determine whether or not Trump committed quid pro quo in his interactions with Ukraine President Zelensky.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Saturday, Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the European Union, told House committees that this was indeed the case.

According to The WSJ:

‘Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told House committees that he believed Ukraine agreeing to open investigations into Burisma Group—a gas company where Democrat Joe Biden’s son once served on the board—and into alleged 2016 election interference was a condition for a White House meeting between Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mr. Sondland’s lawyer Robert Luskin said.’

When Sondland was asked by a lawmaker whether the arrangement was quid pro quo, he responded that he wasn’t a lawyer but that he believed so.

The WSJ reported:

‘Mr. Sondland was testifying as part of the impeachment inquiry, which is examining efforts by Mr. Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to push Ukraine to undertake investigations related to the Biden family and the 2016 campaign. Democrats believe the president abused the power of his office to press a foreign leader to open investigations that could benefit him politically. Mr. Trump has defended his dealings with Ukraine and decried the investigation as a “hoax.”’

Bill Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, gave a deposition last week focused on a separate issue of the investigation. He told House committees that Trump made close to $400 million in aid contingent on the Ukraine president investigating Joe Biden and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

 

While Taylor didn’t specifically use the words “quid pro quo,” he said that his understanding was that the aid was “conditioned” on the investigations into Biden’s son.

The WSJ reported:

‘Much of Mr. Taylor’s testimony suggested Mr. Sondland was aware of a separate connection between aid and investigations, which Mr. Sondland testified he wasn’t, according to his lawyer. Mr. Sondland told the committees he wasn’t involved in the decision to hold the aid to Ukraine and couldn’t independently corroborate the president’s assertions to him that the money being held up was unrelated to the push for investigations.’

Some members of The House Intelligence committee have asked that Sondland return for more questioning. Sondland told House committees that Trump told him:

‘There’s no quid pro quo, but Zelensky’s got to get out there and do the right thing.’

According to The WSJ:

‘Mr. Taylor also recounted in his testimony that Tim Morrison, a National Security Council official, described to him a conversation Mr. Sondland had in Warsaw with a top aide to Mr. Zelensky. According to Mr. Taylor’s testimony, Mr. Sondland told the aide that the U.S. aid to Ukraine wouldn’t be released until Mr. Zelensky committed to investigating Burisma Group.

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