U.S. diplomat acknowledges what Democrats call a quid pro quo

Gordon Sondland heads back to Congress

Trump acolyte Gordon Sondland reverses testimony in impeachment inquiry

"There was an irregular, informal channel of US policymaking with respect to Ukraine, one which included then-Special Envoy Kurt Volker, Ambassador Sondland, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and as I subsequently learned, Mr. Giuliani", Taylor stated.

Meanwhile, lawmakers continued to spar over the significance of revised testimony by Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union.

He told lawmakers that efforts from the President's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to persuade Ukraine to open an investigation into Trump's political rivals "kept getting more insidious" as time went on, and he suggested Giuliani's efforts might have been illegal, according to an excerpt of his closed-door deposition transcript. He also said he wanted to provide testimony "with as much candor and integrity as I possibly could".

Under questioning from Rep.

"And if I may, have you spoken to the president of the United States?" Asked if it was illegal, Sondland said: "I'm not a lawyer, but I assume so".

But former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker said in House testimony that Giuliani's assertions in media interviews that he was acting at the behest of the State Department were not true. "We now know that the call was just one piece of a larger operation to redirect our foreign policy to benefit Donald Trump's personal and political interests, not the national interest".

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Mr Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, who had testified last month to the Democratic-led congressional inquiry, offered new details to lawmakers on Monday after his memory was "refreshed".

"I asked him something like, shouldn't we let everybody else know who's supposed to be on this call?"

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that Taylor would testify next week on Wednesday, the first day that Democrats will hold public impeachment hearings.

In testimony to investigators revealed last month, he expressed grave concerns about the Trump administration's "irregular, informal channel of USA policy-making" and its pressure on Ukraine to announce a Burisma investigation.

Taylor's testimony provided a damning account of how Trump told his appointees to establish a quid pro quo with Ukraine, trading much-needed United States military assistance for political favors from Zelensky.

His account has since been corroborated by other officials, including Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who amended his testimony earlier this week after claiming that depositions given by others involved, namely Taylor, had "refreshed" his memory about his telling Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky that the security aid wouldn't be delivered until a public statement was made about an investigation.

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On Nov. 15, Yovanovitch will testify, he added.

The November 6 release consisted of transcripts of Taylor's question-and-answer session with House lawmakers.

House committees on Wednesday afternoon released a transcript from the testimony by Taylor, who testified behind closed doors on October 22.

While a House panel has been hearing testimonies in closed-door sessions from several officials in recent weeks, this will be the first time the entirety of the questioning will be public.

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