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Sondland, who bought himself an ambassadorship with a million dollar donation to Trump, sang like a bird today in the #ImpeachmentHearings. He threw Trump under the bus the way Trump is used to throwing everyone else under. The GOP is reeling. #SondlandSings
"I worked w/ Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the POTUS. We did NOT want to work w/ Giuliani. We all understood that if we refused... we would lose a very important opportunity to cement relations between the US & Ukraine, so we followed orders."
"If I had known of all of Giuliani's dealings or his associations w/ individuals, some of whom are now under criminal indictment, I personally would not have acquiesced to [Trump's orders for] his participation." #SondlandSings
"As I testified previously, Mr. Giuliani's requests WERE a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky." - Ambassador Sondland #SondlandSings
"Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing the investigations of the 2016 election DNC server & Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the POTUS & we knew these investigations were important to the president." #SondlandSings
"...the resumption of security aid would not occur until there was a public statement from Ukraine committing to the investigations as Giuliani had demanded. I shared concerns of the potential quid pro quo regarding the security aid with Senator Ron Johnson & w/ the Ukrainians."
"[Trump] even mentioned that #Ukraine tried to take him down in the last election. In response to our persistent efforts to change his views, he directed us to 'talk with Rudy." (In other words, the adults tried to talk Trump out of his conspiracy theory, but he wouldn't listen).
"First, while the Ukrainians were in Washington at the White House, Mr. Guiliani had been communicating with Ukrainians without our knowledge. Ambassador Taylor, Ambassador Volker, and I were all surprised by this." #SondlandSings
"Second, Mr. Giuliani was communicating with the reportedly corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor Lutsenko and discussing whether a Zelensky-Trump meeting was going to happen, again without our knowledge." #SondlandSings
"And third, with this alarming news, Ambassador Taylor briefed Ulrich Brechbuehl, who is the Counselor to Secretary of State Pompeo. Even as late as September 24, Secretary Pompeo was directing Kurt Volker to speak with Rudy Giuliani." (Sondland throwing Pompeo under the bus).
"Looking back, I find it very odd that neither I (Ambassador Sondland), nor Ambassador Taylor, nor Ambassador Volker ever received a detailed read-out of that [Trump-Zelensky] call with the Biden references." #SondlandSings
"I know that members of this Committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a “quid pro quo?” As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is YES."#SondlandSings
"We all understood that these pre-requisites for the White House call and White House meeting reflected President Trump’s desires and [quid pro quo] requirements." #QuidProQuo
After Taylor texted Sondland w/concerns over #QuidProQuo, Sondland called #Trump for instructions. Trump told him what to say to Taylor to cover Trump's butt. Today, Trump used the very denials he crafted for Sondland as if they were Sondland's own words. Trump is a dirty crook!
Sondland explained that everyone understood that Trump was refusing to meet w/ Zelensky or release aid until Zelensky interfered in the 2020 US election on behalf of "the boss" by attacking Joe Biden & the Mueller investigation. #QuidProQuo
Sondland testified that VP Pence was asked by Zelensky about the military aid being held up. Pence didn't answer Z, but said he'd ask Trump about it. Sondland said he then told Z's assistant Yermak that Trump was likely holding the aid until Z complied w/ POTUS's demands.
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