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World Sondland says Giuliani was pushing for Ukraine quid pro quo

17:26  20 november  2019
17:26  20 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani was pushing a “ quid pro quo ” with Ukraine that he had to go along with it because it’s what President Donald Trump wanted. “Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani was pushing a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine that he had to go along with it because it’s what President Donald Trump wanted.

“Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the president of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the president,” Sondland testified.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani was pushing a “ quid pro quo ” with Ukraine that he had to go along with it because it’s what President Donald Trump wanted. “Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of

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“We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani,” the ambassador said. But he said Trump told him and other diplomats working on Ukraine issues “talk with Rudy” on those matters. “So we followed the president’s orders.”

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"Mr. Giuliani ’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit" for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Sondland said . Mr. Giuliani expressed those requests directly to the Ukrainians ." Again, they prioritized the announcement because this was about creating a campaign

“ Was there a ‘ quid pro quo ?’” Sondland testified in opening remarks. “With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the In often-stunning testimony, he painted a picture of a Ukraine pressure campaign that was prompted by Trump himself, orchestrated by Giuliani and

Giuliani is Trump’s personal lawyer.

Sondland also confirmed for House impeachment investigators he spoke with Trump on a cellphone from a busy Kyiv restaurant the day after the president prodded Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

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And Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the inquiry, said he kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top administration officials aware of what was going on.

He said he specifically told Vice President Mike Pence he “had concerns” that U.S. military aid to Ukraine “had become tied” to the investigations.

“Everyone was in the loop,” Sondland testified in opening remarks. “It was no secret.”

The wealthy hotelier and Trump donor has emerged as a central figure in an intense week with nine witnesses testifying over three days. He has told lawmakers the White House has records of the July 26 call, despite the fact that Trump has said he doesn’t recall the conversation.

The ambassador’s account of the recently revealed call supports the testimony of multiple witnesses who have spoken to impeachment investigators over the past week.

Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats as he was withholding military aid to the East European nation is at the center of the impeachment probe that imperils his presidency.

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