Sondland to tell Congress 'no quid pro quo' from Trump: report

Source: The Hill | October 12, 2019 | John Bowden

President Trump’s ambassador to the European Union (EU), Gordon Sondland, plans to tell Congress this week that a text he sent denying understanding of quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky in a July phone call in July was dictated by Trump himself.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that a source familiar with the ambassador’s planned testimony told the newspaper that Sondland plans to testify that Trump told him in a phone conversation to tell the acting ambassador to Ukraine that he didn’t “want a quid pro quo … didn’t want anything from Ukraine” in exchange for military aid.

Regarding whether that is actually true, the person said, Sondland will not take an opinion, and instead will tell lawmakers that he worked at the direction of President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to secure a statement from Ukraine’s government confirming a criminal investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Sondland is expected to testify before three House committees on Thursday, defying an order from the State Department not to comply with Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

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