Published: Sat, November 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Laughing Gordon Sondland quipped his way through hours of impeachment testimony

Laughing Gordon Sondland quipped his way through hours of impeachment testimony

What's extra, Sondland talked about continuously, "All americans used to be within the loop".

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

A whistleblower's complaint set the impeachment inquiry off, after a phone conversation on July 25 between President Trump and the Ukrainian president, where President Trump mentioned an investigation into corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden's son should be forthcoming. "The leadership at the State Department, the National Security Council and the White House were all informed about the Ukraine efforts". "This is not a man I know well", Trump told reporters at the White House. I have not spoken to him much. She described seeing him "stiffen" and abruptly end a White House meeting last July when Sondland brought up the topic of investigations.

Sondland had testified about a conversation with the president where he asked about what Trump wanted from Kyiv.

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Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi quizzed Sondland about his relationship with Trump. Sondland contradicted Trump's defense on every point: there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine, Sondland said: "We followed the president's orders". He cared about a discredited idea that Ukraine, and now not Russian Federation, meddled within the 2016 presidential election. He read from emails that he said "show that the leadership of State, NSC and the White House were all informed about the Ukraine efforts" from late May until the US security aid was released to Ukraine in September.

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Trump, he noted, was sometimes in a "bad mood".

Sondland's sworn testimony in public and private left some questions unanswered, but he was crystal clear about one thing: If he's going to be blamed for what happened in Ukraine, he's not going quietly. After all, "two plus two equals four", as Sondland said.

It was one of as many as 20 times Sondland said he has spoken with Trump by telephone. Most likely a half of-dozen of those had been about Ukraine, Sondland testified Wednesday.

'You know, what I'm concerned about, you were part of the three amigos, but what I'm really concerned about, Ambassador Sondland is that the president and the good folks over here, my Republican colleagues, are now casting you as the one amigo, ' the Democratic congressman said, pointing to what he called efforts by Republicans to push all the blame on Sondland. "He used to be now not in a impartial appropriate mood". It's one half of the quid pro quo Trump has denied, allegedly withheld by the Trump administration until the Ukrainian government agreed to announce an investigation into the Bidens. "Tell Zelenskiy to do the right thing'".

'Easy come, easy go, ' Sondland quipped when asked about Trump's denial he knew him.

Actually, Sondland said, it wasn't Trump who gave him the assignment.

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