Politics Gordon Sondland won’t quit over sexual misconduct claims

01:30  29 november  2019
01:30  29 november  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Sondland Says ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’ on Ukraine

  Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Sondland Says ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’ on Ukraine Gordon D. Sondland testified that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the pressure campaign, and that he told Vice President Mike Pence about an apparent link between military aid for Ukraine and investigations of Democrats. Mr. Sondland confirmed there was a “clear quid pro quo” for a White House meeting between President Trump and Ukraine’s president.  RIGHT NOW: The House Intelligence Committee has taken a brief break before Republicans have their chance to question Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union.

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The envoy to the European Union said Wedmesday through an associate that he has no plans to step down over the allegations, which he denies.

“No intention of resigning,” Sondland’s associate told Politico.

Three women aired claims this week to ProPublica of what they called Sondland’s inappropriate activity between 2003 and 2011 during his time as a hotel mogul in Portland, Ore., before President Trump appointed him to the plum ambassador post.

Everyone Knew of ‘Quid Pro Quo’: Sondland Testimony Takeaways

  Everyone Knew of ‘Quid Pro Quo’: Sondland Testimony Takeaways Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, delivered the most explosive testimony yet in the House impeachment hearings on Wednesday, saying President Donald Trump effectively directed him to broker a quid pro quo with Ukraine to investigate a chief political rival. Sondland, an Oregon hotelier who gave $1 million to Trump’s inaugural fund after his 2016 election, also pointed to Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and several other administration officials who, he said, were aware of the efforts.

SEX CLAIMS . The allegations against Gordon Sondland all date back to before he became an ambassador, and claim he made unwanted sexual contact with the women in business settings.

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One woman, a magazine publisher, said the conduct included improper touching and propositions. Sondland allegedly dropped plans to invest in her magazine after she turned down his advances.

Sondland’s lawyer has forcefully rejected the allegations, none of which were reported to authorities.

Sondland has already stirred controversy with his role in Trump’s Ukraine scandal.

He was a point man along with Rudy Giuliani in the president’s scheme to use suspended defense aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine to open partisan political investigations into Democrats.

Sondland broke with Trump by telling public impeachment hearings that he acted on the president’s orders.

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