Sondland Submits Supplemental Testimony to Impeachment Inquiry
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On Tuesday, House Democrats released transcripts of closed-door testimonies from Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, former U.S. envoy to Ukraine. Sondland previously testified nearly three weeks ago but submitted a supplemental testimony on Monday.
A left-leaning article by The Washington Post highlights that in Sondland’s “supplemental declaration” he wrote that he now recalls telling a Ukrainian official that security assistance would only resume if Ukrainian authorities followed through with the investigation into Joe Biden and his son. The article reports that subsequent depositions by U.S. officials undercut Sondland’s original testimony, where he denied having any knowledge of the White House withholding assistance to Ukraine.
A centrist article by NPR delves into Sondland’s testimony, where he revealed that when he discussed Rudy Giuliani’s role in Ukrainian foreign affairs with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Pompeo “rolled his eyes and said: Yes, it’s something we have to deal with.” Meanwhile, the White House contends the transcripts by Sondland and Volker, stating that “Volker’s testimony confirms there could not have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians did not know about the military aid hold at the time.”
A right-leaning article by The Daily Caller reports that Sondland was uncertain about whether Trump sought quid pro quo from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, recalling that Trump told Zelensky, “I want no quid pro quo.” However, the article notes that in Sondland’s correction to his initial testimony, he said that by early September he started to suspect that the Trump administration was withholding aid to Ukraine.