Sondland to testify quid pro quo in Ukraine was real and widely known

The Hill 2 weeks ago

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union will testify Wednesday that there was a "quid pro quo" between Ukraine conducting politically-motivated investigations and getting U.S. military assistance, and that many in the administration knew it, according to his opening statement. 

“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,” his opening statement says.

Sondland in his testimony says that many throughout the Trump administration realized the link between the issues, which has been at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. 

Sondland will testify that he has “no reason to doubt” the accounts of other witnesses who have detailed a July 26 phone call between Sondland and Trump, which took place a day after an infamous White House call Trump made to Ukraine's president where he pushed for investigations of former Vice President and his son Hunter. During the July 26 call, he also raised the matter of “investigations.” 

“Other witnesses have recently shared their recollection of overhearing this call. For the most part, I have no reason to doubt their accounts,” Sondland will testify.

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