Sondland directly implicates Trump and Giuliani in ‘quid pro quo’ in bombshell opening statement: excerpts

Sondland directly implicates Trump and Giuliani in ‘quid pro quo’ in bombshell opening statement: excerpts
United States Department of State, Wikipedia

European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland is directly implicating both President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani in running a “quid pro quo” scheme to condition a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on launching an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Daily Beast has obtained excerpts of Sondland’s opening statement that show the EU ambassador will make clear that Giuliani wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine — and that he was pushing for it with Trump’s encouragement.

“Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky,” the statement says. “Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President.”

Sondland will also testify that he “shared concerns of the potential quid pro quo regarding the security aid” with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) last summer.

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