Common Dreams - November 20, 2019
"Everyone was in the loop," Sondland said. "It was no secret. Everyone was informed via email on July 19, days before the Presidential call. As I communicated to the team, I told President Zelensky in advance that assurances to 'run a fully transparent investigation' and 'turn over every stone' were necessary in his call with President Trump."
U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Wednesday delivered an "explosive" opening statement for his impeachment testimony in which he confirmed there was a quid pro quo in which the president made Ukrainian aid conditional on that government's cooperation with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Sondland testified that under Trump's orders and against his own wishes, he worked with Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, last summer on matters involving Ukraine.
The president and other top administration officials were "in the loop," said Sondland, regarding an effort to threaten military aid to Ukraine unless the country agreed to investigate Burisma, the oil company where 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son was a board member. ...
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