Rudy Giuliani wanted Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to publicly say that he intended to investigate Hunter Biden's company for & # 39; corruption & # 39; to get a meeting of the White House, according to new testimonials.
Zelensky would do this through a press statement, which later turned into an interview – probably with Tucker Carlson on Fox News – according to a newly released statement from E.U's accusation investigation. Amb. Gordon Sondland.
& # 39; What I understood was that breaking the traffic jam with getting the President to approve a visit to the White House was a public expression of Zelensky, either through the press statement or through an interview or other public means, that he pursued transparency, corruption and so on, & Sondland told the legislators during an interview with a closed door. & # 39; It was later that the Burisma and the 2016 were added, apparently by Mr. Giuliani. & # 39;
Sondland also testified that Burisma and an investigation into the 2016 Democratic National Commission hack should be brought up at President Trump's insistence.
President Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani wanted Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to issue a press statement or to say in an interview that he was investigating Burisma, the son of the Joe Biden company, according to new testimonials.
The transcript for E.U. Amb. The testimony of Gordon Sondland was released on Tuesday. In it he told the legislators that Rudy Giuliani urged the Ukrainian president to say publicly that he was investigating Hunter Biden's company to get a visit to the White House
Gordon Sondland said Rudy Giuliani first wanted President Zelensky to make a press statement, although this later became a sit-down interview with someone who saw President Trump, with Sondland driving Tucker Carlson at Fox
Gordon Sondland testified about ways Rudy Giuliani put pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (photo) to have the new leader investigate Hunter and Joe Biden, their business contacts with Ukraine, and the 2016 DNC hack
Hunter Biden's business contacts with the Ukrainian company Burisma opened the door to Rudy Giuliani and pushed the Ukrainian president to investigate him and his father. Giuliani reportedly wanted to give Zelensky a press statement or say in an interview that he was investigating Burisma
& # 39; I think Mr. Giuliani was the one who gave input on what the president wanted in the statement, & # 39; said Sondland.
When legislators specifically asked what the president wanted to see, Giuliani offered: & # 39; He wanted Burisma and the 2016 elections mentioned in the statement & # 39 ;.
& # 39; And I don't believe the Ukrainians were willing to do that, & # 39; said Sondland.
Burisma is the company where Hunter Biden, the son of 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden, was on the board.
When asked whether Giuliani was definitely responsible, Sondland replied: & # 39; It must have been because that was the only source where it could come from. & # 39;
The testimony of Sondland's sit-down with legislators from the committees charged with leading the investigation of allegations was made public on Tuesday.
In it, Sondland explained that Giuliani & # 39; s original plan was to issue a press statement to Zelensky.
But then & # 39; the press statement was now turned into a sort of interview that President Zelensky would give to a TV station & # 39 ;, Sondland said.
When asked which TV station, Sondland first answered: & I don't know, something that President Trump would see.
& # 39; Fox. About Tucker, & he said, too.
Lawmakers laughed at Sondland's answer with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) And said: & # 39; Let the report reflect that there is a lot of laughter in the room. & # 39;
Members of Congress wanted to know if the condition for Zelensky to have a White House meeting was a press statement that included the opening of these investigations.
& # 39; That was, I believe, the most – if I use the word & # 39; may use egregious & # 39; version of the press statement, which was never delivered at that time, & # 39; Sondland replied.
Democratic legislators are investigating whether President Trump has ceased military aid – and left a visit to the White House – to force the new Ukrainian president to investigate Joe (left) and Hunter Biden (right) with Ukraine, and also the origin of the DNC hack of 2016
Democratic lawmakers are trying to get evidence of a consideration – that President Trump has stopped helping Ukraine to persuade the country's new president to investigate Joe Biden, a top political rival, and his son Hunter.
They believe this will cause deposition.
An additional storyline is whether the administration also dangled a meeting of the White House above Zelensky's head.
Hunter Biden had been a member of the board of directors of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, that had pushed Giuliani Zelensky to investigate, Sondland said.
In addition, President Trump – wary of the assessment of the intelligence community and the findings of the Mueller report that Russia was responsible for the 2016 Democratic National Committee hack – has prescribed a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, at war with Russia, is actually has failed.
This study of the Ukrainians in 2016 was also something that Giuliani insisted on.
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