Ambassador to the European Union kept Secretary of State updated on the White House’s pressure campaign against the Ukraine, The New York Times reported early Wednesday.
Sondland, who is set to testify later the day in the House impeachment inquiry into 's dealings with Kyiv, in mid-August shared a draft statement wiht Pompeo intended to convince the president to meet with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, two people briefed told the Times.
The ambassador also reportedly talked with Pompeo about encouraging Zelensky to vow during a meeting between the leaders in Poland to take actions desired by Trump in order to improve U.S.-Ukraine relations. Pompeo reportedly approved this plan, but Trump cancelled his trip to Poland, the Times noted.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The impeachment inquiry began after a whistleblower compalined about a phone call in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President days after U.S. military aid to Ukraine was withheld.
The ambassador changed his testimony earlier this month to say there was clear quid pro quo in the exchange of military aid for an investigation into Biden.
--This developing report will be updated.