arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky. Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine
make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and
election and Burisma, as Mr. Giuliani had demanded."
And then: “Ambassador Sondland, you are here today to be smeared."
Ukrainian government was not serious about reform. He even mentioned that Ukraine tried to
take him down in the last election."
He outlines “Mr. Giuliani’s efforts” communicating with a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor “without our knowledge."
So Rudy Giuliani: if you leak to me I will apparently be the one person willing to go to jail for you.
However (and expect to hear a lot about this during GOP questioning) he does not say he was told this directly by Trump.
Asked why he told multiple people that an announcement was necessary to release the aid, he said that was his assumption of what Trump wanted. “2+2=4"
This came after he had multiple conversations with Trump, but he says his view did not come from Trump directly.
And we’re on break.
For GOP: "I don’t recall Trump talking to me about any security assistance ever.”
Then for Dems: “By September 8th it was abundantly clear to everyone that there was a link (between aid and Biden investigations)”
This is, again, an unfounded conspiracy theory.
And yet, here he is ignoring all the new info and just playing the hits. Black ledger, secret whistleblower, 2016...
Sondland: “Other than that the aid wasn’t being released."
Sondland: I didn’t say CNN. They told me they already had a CNN interview scheduled and would use that to make the announcement.
Sondland says he had leave out all kinds of things to limit length. “It was not purposeful, trust me.”
Sondland: “The secretary (of State Mike Pompeo) was."
“We passed that along to him and kept him informed.”