Another State Department higher-up comes in from the cold to testify about what actually happened under Donald Trump’s direction with the Ukraine….
Sondland at first tried to be vague….
But will others filling in the blanks?
He has found his memory….
Gordon D. Sondland, the Republican megadonor turned ambassador to the European Union, told the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that he and other advisers to President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democrats “because the president directed us to do so.”
In much-anticipated testimony opening the fourth day of public impeachment hearings, Mr. Sondland said that he, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Kurt D. Volker, the special envoy for Ukraine, were reluctant to work with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, on the pressure campaign and agreed only at Mr. Trump’s insistence.
“Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the president of the United States,” Mr. Sondland said in his prepared opening statement delivered in writing to the committee as he made his appearance on Wednesday morning. “We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt.”