AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland
A second U.S. embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a key cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing the need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William B. Taylor Jr., the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Taylor said one of his staffers overhead the call while Sondland was in a restaurant the day after Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that triggered the House impeachment inquiry.
Tim Morrison, a top White House national security aide , told impeachment investigators that Gordon Sondland — a U.S. ambassador at the center of the Ukraine scandal imperiling Donald Trump ’ s presidency — claimed to be acting on Trump ’ s orders , and was regularly in touch with him .
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Tim Morrison, a top White House national security aide, told impeachment investigators that Gordon Sondland — a U.S. ambassador at the center of the Ukraine scandal imperiling Donald Trump’s presidency — claimed to be acting on Trump’s orders, and was regularly in touch with him.
“Every time you went to check to see whether he had, in fact, talked to the president, you found that he had talked to the president?” one lawmaker wondered, according to a transcript of Morrison’s testimony released Saturday.
“Yes,” Morrison replied.
Sondland’s direct access to Trump is a crucial aspect of the House’s impeachment inquiry. Sondland has acknowledged informing Ukrainians on Sept. 1 that a $400 million package of military aid — frozen abruptly by Trump — would be easier to pry loose if Ukraine’s newly elected president announced an investigation into Burisma, an energy company connected to former vice president Joe Biden’s son.
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