Trump Responds to Sondland Testimony: ‘It’s All Over’

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Her testimony could offer the clearest picture of how National Security Adviser John Bolton responded to shadow efforts to pressure Ukraine to launch investigations into President Donald Trump's rivals.

Ultimately, Sondland told a State Department official, the president didn't really care about Ukraine or the millions of dollars in military aid that were being withheld from the USA ally on the border with Russian Federation.

According to Sondland, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were aware of the Ukraine pressure campaign.

Two senior USA officials said the testimony puts Pompeo in a more hard position with both his department's career staff and worldwide counterparts that could hasten his departure.

"It was the conditioning of official acts for something of great value to the president". The Ukrainians didn't know that the hold was in place, so it didn't really hurt them.

"He's in an unsustainable position", added a former senior USA diplomat, who requested anonymity.

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He then offered a more serious response: 'I remembered that conversation because as I said it was a pretty intense, short conversation'.

It is unclear how the latest revelations in the impeachment inquiry could affect his political support in Kansas, where he enjoys strong backing from Republicans.

Gordon Sondland was supposed to be the key witness in the impeachment drive - the guy who'd nail the coffin shut on Donald Trump's presidency. Yes, he reassured Trump, the Ukrainian president was willing to do what the US president asked. Sondland said that was indeed the case and that the president only cares about the "big stuff".

"Everyone was in the loop".

The account of the conversation largely lined up with Sondland's version, though Sondland testified Wednesday that he doesn't remember discussing Biden. "We kept the State Department leadership and others apprised of what we were doing".

The ambassador, who Trump put in charge of relations with the Ukraine, said it was his understanding that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's request for a White House meeting with Trump was contingent upon his opening investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 election.

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But Vindman, an NSC Ukraine specialist, has faced questions from Trump allies about whether his loyalties may be divided because of his origins.

"I recall mentioning that before the Zelenskiy meeting". "Sounds like you might not have been".

"I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it.'" He said Sondland told Trump that Zelenskiy will do "anything you ask him to".

Sondland denied participating in "rogue diplomacy".

Sondland opened the hearing by asserting that Team Trump imposed a "quid pro quo" on Ukraine.

The White House released a memo that summarized the call.

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During his questioning, Sondland said that he and Trump used four-letter words in their conversations indicating their closeness. In his testimony, Morrison said there was nothing "concerning" that anything illegal was discussed in the Trump-Zelenskiy call.


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