Sondland says he pressured Ukraine at ‘express direction’ of Trump

WASHINGTON DC — As the fourth day of the public impeachment hearings kicked off, House intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff and Republican ranking member Devin Nunes once again butted heads during their opening statements.

Schiff delivered a stern warning to the Trump administration on obstruction of the investigation.

While Nunes argued that it is unfair to the American people that Democratic leaders continue to hide the whistleblower’s identity.

The central figure during Wednesday’s hearing was Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European union, who testified that it was no secret that a quid pro quo came at the “express direction of the president.”

He said he acted upon the orders of President Donald Trump in negotiating with Ukraine to announce the investigations trump wanted on the 2016 elections and energy firm Burisma – with ties to his Democratic presidential rival – Joe Biden and Biden’s son.

Sondland added that Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, pushed for the quid pro quo.

During the hearing, some Republicans attacked Sondland on the fact that he never heard orders from Trump about withholding any aid and accused him of only making presumptions about a quid pro quo.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are saying Sondland’s testimony is so far the most significant evidence to date and it goes right to the heart of the issue of bribery as well as other potential high crimes and misdemeanors.

The hearing continues later in the afternoon of Wednesday with another public testimony from the deputy assistance secretary of defense, Laura Cooper.

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  • Tiago Del Mundo
    21 November 2019 at 2:40 am - Reply

    The selected lines of Ambassador Sondland made it sound like the Democrats finally got their bombshell outcome… But Ambassador Sondland got spank (felt sorry for him for a second)…after all, Ambassador Sondland final answer was about “PRESUMPTION”, in which, it resonated on how this inquiry is all about.

  • Mario
    21 November 2019 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    PJ Manotoc from BA showed their edited version. End result on Amb SONDLAND testimony UNDER OATH, said to Cong. M TURNER (R-OH)that; about Prez Trump,”I don’t know him very well,I have NOT spoken to him, this is not the man I know him well” FYI, 2nd hand info or Hearsay is NOT admissible in Court. Also,said he “pressumed” there was Quid pro quio, said “Prez Trump NEVER told me military aid was tied to the investigation into Biden”. Also said, “this alleged conversation recalled NEVER HAPPENNED…. IMPEACHMENTt is the ONLY solution for the DEMS to remove TRUMP, because they can not beat him in the 2020 election…Hillary Clinton already raised the WHITE FLAG of surrender, the DEMs can not beat TRUMP, because DEMS party is infiltrated by Russian SPY, TULSI GABBARD,HClinton said she is the only ONE who can beat TRUMP.. BLOOMBERG worth $52B, is running,against Trump worth $3.1B. As the GLOBALIST said NEVER again a Billionaire should run for POTUS, they have to destroy TRUMP at all cost, billionaire are hard to control, politician can be bought..

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