“I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot
After the call ended, the White House advisers sat flabbergasted. Morrison had a sinking feeling and went to the lawyers. Vindman was shocked and went to the lawyers.
In the aftermath of the 25 July call, multiple people spoke with an unnamed whistleblower who began to assemble the complaint that would be submitted
Trump maintains that every aspect of the “nothing call” was “perfect” and “beautiful”.
The next morning in Kyiv, Sondland, Volker and Bill Taylor, who replaced Yovanovitch as the top diplomat in Ukraine – met with Zelenskiy.
Zelenskiy told the delegation that Trump had on three occasions during their call the day before raised “some
After the meeting, Taylor and Volker traveled to the front lines in northern Donbass.“I could see the armed and hostile Russian-led forces on the other side of the damaged bridge across the line of contact,”
Sondland had stayed in Kyiv for a meeting with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to Zelenskiy. By the time Holmes was
Yermak’s assistant refused to let Holmes into the room. She said the men had insisted on meeting “one-on-one”
The meeting ended after half an hour, at noon. Shortly thereafter, Sondland, Holmes and two staff members were on their way to Sho, a trendy Ukrainian restaurant in the
Then the ambassador announced he was going to call the president to give him an update on the morning’s meetings. Holmes watched in amazement as Sondland dialed the White House
Embassy officials assume that mobile communications in Ukraine are being monitored, he testified, especially as the country’s major mobile networks are owned by Russian companies.
“Gordon Sondland,” he said into the receiver, according to Holmes’s testimony. “Holding for the president.”
He told the president he was calling from Kyiv. Trump asked if Sondland was in Ukraine. He was, Sondland
“So he’s going to do the investigation?” Trump asked.
“He’s going to do it,” Sondland said. Zelenskiy would do “anything you ask him”.
When the call was done, Holmes, emboldened by the ambassador’s candor,
Sondland later said he did not remember the phone call but did not dispute the conversation: “That sounds like something I would say.”
As a hellscape brewed in the western Atlantic, the White House reconsidered plans to send Trump to Warsaw for an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland.