The US ambassador to the European Union told the legislators that the Trump government is urging a Ukrainian investigation into the Bidens to be a condition for obtaining security assistance and a White House meeting & # 39; does not sound good & # 39;
He also gave a four-page revision to his previous testimony, in which he told the Ukrainians that they would not receive millions of US security assistance needed until the country issued a & # 39; public anti-corruption statement & # 39; would provide the key to investigating the allegation of democratic allegations. He said he refreshed & # 39; my memory & # 39 ;.
Gordon Sondland, the richer hotelier who donated $ 1 million to the inauguration of Donald Trump, told lawmakers behind closed doors that he had such a problem & # 39; problematic & # 39; found.
Then he was asked if it is also & # 39; illegal & # 39; used to be.
Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, arrives at the Capitol for his deposition as part of the House's deposition investigation on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The House Intelligence panel has made the transcript of his interview public
& # 39; I am not a lawyer, but I assume so, & # 39; Sondland replied excerpts placed by the House Intelligence Committee.
He told the legislators that he could not set an exact date on which he understood the full scope of what he was a part of, after hearing about the pressure on Ukraine over time.
& # 39; It became increasingly insidious as the [time] timeline progressed, and in July it was all about corruption, & # 39; he said.
The diplomat nominated by Trump was then asked whether the attempt by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to run a Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden was on the board was ever justified.
& # 39; I mean, I think I testified at the beginning that it wouldn't be right, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; And illegal? & # 39; he was asked. & # 39; Again, I am not a lawyer. I don't know the law exactly. It doesn't sound good, & # 39; he concluded, & # 39; obtained in an early fragment by CNN.
Sondland also told lawmakers that the Bidens investigation was linked to millions of US military aid, which contributed to the evidence of what Democrats say a & # 39; in return & # 39; used to be.
The revised statement by Biden stated that he told Ukrainians that US $ 391 million in US aid to Ukraine was being suspended and was tied to a public statement on "fighting corruption" – which, according to other witnesses, is a power of attorney to investigate a related company with the Bidens.
Former US Special Envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker walks away after attending a closed-door meeting for the second time in Capitol on October 16, 2019 in Washington, DC
& # 39; I said that resumption of US aid would probably not take place until Ukraine had provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for weeks, & # 39; he said in the revised statement, the New York Times reported.
In other revelations of Tuesday's release:
– The committee has also released new text messages from US officials. First, Bill Taylor, who would become the US top civil servant in Ukraine, tells diplomat Kurt Volker about concerns about becoming Charge d & Affairs. & # 39; George described two snake wells, one in Kiev and one in Washington, & # 39; said, referring to Deputy State Secretary George Kent. & # 39; So what's new? & # 39; Volker joked. Taylor replied: & # 39; Yes, but he described much more than I knew. Very ugly. & # 39;
– In a May Oval Office meeting with Volker, Sondland and Rick Perry's Secretary of Energy, Sondland testified that the President had repeatedly referred them to Rudy Giuliani. He didn't even know – he wasn't even specific about what he wanted to talk to Giuliani about. He kept saying: talk to Rudy, talk to Rudy. & # 39;
– Sondland said he discussed the Giuliani issue with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. & # 39; And Pompeo rolled his eyes and said, "Yes, it's something we're dealing with," he said.
Three chairmen of the Democratic House Committee said in a statement: & The testimony of Ambassadors Volker and Sondland shows the progress of the efforts of the President and his agent, Rudy Giuliani, to use the Foreign Ministry to recruit Ukraine announce surveys to announce those personal and political interests. & # 39;
They continued: & # 39; As early as May 2019, President Trump instructed the ambassadors to work with Giuliani on Ukrainian policy, and during the summer an attempt was made to make a public statement from the new Ukrainian president. to obtain that the Ukrainian government investigate Burisma or the Biden family and disprove conspiracy theory about the 2016 US elections.
& # 39; Their testimony clearly shows that President Trump, in exchange for the statement, would give the Ukrainian president a highly coveted White House meeting and later be deprived of millions of dollars in critical military aid. Ambassador Sondland called this changing American policy towards Ukraine a & # 39; continuum & # 39; that over time, & # 39; increasingly insidious & # 39; became & # 39 ;, they said.
& # 39; Finally, with the release of the full text message production provided by Ambassador Volker to the committees, and an additional statement by Ambassador Sondland, the President's plan becomes clearer. & # 39;
At the same time, Volker & # 39; s own testimony reveals that he explicitly rejected the existence of a consideration with Ukraine.
& # 39; I think it is crucial that the message to the American people is very clear. And that message that I heard very loudly and clearly today is that no consideration has ever been communicated to you. Is that correct? & # 39; Representative Mark Meadows, an ally of Trump from North Carolina, asked him during his testimony.
& # 39; Not for me, that's right, & # 39; he said.
The House Intelligence panel released two more transcripts on Tuesday under new accusation investigation procedures – this time the statements of President Trump & # 39; s ambassador to Gordon Sondland and Ukraine, envoy Kurt Volker.
The contours of their testimony are already known. But the committee still has to publish a transcript of what he told the legislators during his October statement.
Sondland, a hotelier who gave $ 1 million to Trump's inaugural commission, testified that the president gave his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, a special portfolio on Ukrainian policy.
Sondland said in his opening statement that he worked with Giuliani, but also revealed inconvenience with the task he had to perform.
& # 39; We were also disappointed with the President's indications that we are involving Mr. Giuliani & he said. & # 39; Our opinion was that the men and women of the Foreign Ministry, not the President's personal attorney, should take responsibility for all aspects of US foreign policy towards Ukraine, & # 39 ; said Sondland.
Text messages released by the committee showed Volker, a long-standing diplomat, who said that he & # 39; crazy & # 39; found to hold nearly $ 400 million in needed US security assistance for Ukraine & # 39; for help with a political campaign & # 39 ;.
He discussed the alleged quid-pro-quo where the Trump government held up the money, as well as a White House meeting, to force Ukraine to investigate Trump rivals Joe and Hunter Biden.
Documents released on Monday reveal that former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yavanovitch is threatened & # 39; felt by Trump & # 39; s comments on the infamous call to Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.
The former US ambassador to Ukraine told congress investigators that an acting assistant state secretary told her foreign minister Mike Pompeo that he intended to ask Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity about her qualifications to remain a senior diplomat.
Yovanovitch testified that she was painted at the time as an unfaithful agitator – an unreliable dissident who told Ukrainian officials that President Donald Trump should be treated like a lame duck.
Former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, testified that Sondland told her to tweet positively about President Trump to counter a campaign against her
A series of officials have testified about an unofficial diplomatic channel that runs through former mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York
President Trump continued to hate the investigation of charges as a & # 39; witch-hunt & # 39; while chasing a whistleblower who first made allegations about his policy in Ukraine
Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, said to Yovanovitch: "Go big or go home," meaning she should publicly confess her support for the president, she told lawmakers,
She did not do so while alienating Trump & # 39; s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who gave her a helping hand. Yovanovitch went home when Trump remembered her in June and ended her diplomatic career.
& # 39; He said, you know, you have to grow up or go home. You must tweet, you know, that you support the president, and that these are all lies and everything else, & she said about one conversation.
& # 39; And, you know, so you know, I mean, that was clear advice. It was advice that I did not see how I could implement it in my role as an ambassador and as a foreign service officer. & # 39;