Legal expert lays out the contradictions between Bill Taylor and Gordon Sondland testimonies: 'How does he explain' that?

Legal expert lays out the contradictions between Bill Taylor and Gordon Sondland testimonies: 'How does he explain' that?
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and U.S. Ambassador to the Belgium Ronald Gidwitz upon arrival to Brussels, Belgium on July 10, 2018. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

On Wednesday morning, Ambassador Gordon Sondland offered extensive testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — discussing, in detail, his interactions with the Trump Administration and the Ukrainian government earlier this year. And attorney Neal Katyal, who formerly served in the Obama Administration, noted a possible contradiction between Sondland’s testimony and statements by Ambassador William Taylor.

Sondland, on Wednesday morning, went into the detail over military aid to Ukraine being delayed and requests for an investigation of Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The ambassador testified that he was concerned about aid to Ukraine being delayed, and that he was unaware the Burisma part was connected to the Bidens.

But Katyal, on Twitter, posted, “On this whole question of Sondland saying he was unaware that Burisma had to do w Biden, how does he explain the text exchange w/Amb. Taylor on Sept 9,where Taylor said ‘As I said on the phone, I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.’”

Taylor has testified that on September 9, Sondland specifically discussed Ukraine in texts exchanged between the two of them.

According to Taylor, “in particular, I asked Ambassador Sondland if it was true that the president did not give a shit about Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland agreed that the president did not give a shit about Ukraine.”

Taylor continued, “I asked why not, and Ambassador Sondland stated, ‘The president only cares about — quote, unquote — ‘big stuff.’ I noted that there was — quote, unquote — ‘big stuff’ going on in Ukraine, like a war with Russia. And Ambassador Sondland replied that he meant — quote, unquote — ‘big stuff’ that benefits the president like the — quote, unquote — ‘Biden investigation’ that Mr. Giuliani was pushing.”

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