Gordon Sondland changes his testimony, says that yes there was a quid pro quo and that “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.”

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Sondland does not want to wind up like Rudy Giuliani. 

Courtesy of Politico

President Donald Trump’s handpicked Ukraine adviser Gordon Sondland says Trump conditioned a valuable White House meeting for Ukraine’s new president on his willingness to launch investigations into Trump’s Democratic adversaries, including former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’” Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, a close Trump ally and GOP donor, plans to say in his opening remarks Wednesday to impeachment investigators. “The answer is yes.”

Sondland also intends to frame the matter as widely understood across the Trump administration, indicating that senior officials and even cabinet secretaries were aware of the arrangement — and that it was carried out at the “express direction” of the president.

“Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret,” Sondland intends to say, according to his prepared remarks. And he directly communicated the quid pro quo to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Sondland will say. He specifically cites a July 19 email copied to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and “a lot of senior officials.” In that email, he reveals that he “just talked to Zelensky” and secured a commitment for a “fully transparent investigation.”

Six days later, Trump spoke directly to Zelensky and referenced his request for a Biden investigation during a phone call on July 25 that has become the central focus of the impeachment inquiry.

Sondland also plans to tell lawmakers that he told Vice President Mike Pence on Sept. 1 that he was concerned that the delay in military assistance was tied to “the issue of investigations.”

Sondland attributed much of his concern to Trump’s “directive” that his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani be involved in any Ukraine effort. Giuliani had been publicly calling for Ukraine to investigate Biden, as well as to probe a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, hacked a Democratic Party server in 2016. He also fomented a smear campaign against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie Yovanovitch, who was widely respected across the foreign policy establishment.

But Giuliani wasn’t freelancing, Sondland plans to emphasize.

“We all understood that these pre-requisites for the White House call and White House meeting reflected President Trump’s desires and requirements,” he says. “Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky. Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma.”

Right now Sondland is saying this and much more before the congressional committee in charge of the impeachment hearings.

I have no idea how the Republicans are going to spin this, but it seems to me that this is the whole enchilada.

Update: Oh yeah, this is good. 

Trump must be freaking out today.

Update 2:

Well, he should know. 

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52 Comments

  1. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Jesus can’t be too happy about this.

  2. WA Skeptic November 20, 2019 at 5:55 am

    Considering that the Ukraine elected Zelensky on a No Corruption platform, it makes me wonder who was directing that electing (hmph–Putin) and how the Ukrainian electorate and citizens feel about their newly elected President, considering how readily Zelensky fell into line with the POTUS demands.

    May they all be submerged in cofevfe for eternity.

  3. Rick Perry November 20, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Ooops!

  4. Kimberly Guilfoyle Is A Repulsive Lizard November 20, 2019 at 6:08 am

    The next gop move is to say, “we were saying squid pro quo. We were offering squid all along.’

  5. anon November 20, 2019 at 6:15 am

    And the repukeagains will sit there and say that the russian interference never happened. Its hard to comprehend how stupid they want to believe the American people are. Noontz and Gym jordan should be hauled from the hearing in handcuffs and charged with treason.

    • Anon November 20, 2019 at 6:33 am

      Nunes and Jordan are aggressive to convince us these things were never said or happened that all of this is an auditioned fictional play Democrat’s made up.
      Each perso who is forthcoming, tells the truth they know compels others to be forthright who were party to this.

      • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 12:25 pm

        Nunes is to lazy to even write an closing statement that is pertinent to the days testimony, even Gym Jordon keeps repeating the same “defense” that the Ukrainians got their weapons so nothing is wrong, no matter what the witness said.

        • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm

          That’s like saying since Reagan survived an assassination attempt, no harm no foul.

  6. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 6:20 am

    I think there’s a good possibility Trump is going down for this. It’s about damn time.

  7. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Sondland seems a bit nervous, fidgeting and drinking A LOT of water, also he is a very good example of why these so called diplomats that BUY their ambassadorships are unqualified, can’t be bothered to take notes and conveniently can’t remember.

    What I found interesting was the questioning about Pence: in Warsaw, before meeting with Zelensky, Sonderland TOLD Pence that the aide was tied to the investigations of the Biden. Pence just nodded, didn’t question his statement, like asking what are you talking about, this leads me to believe that Pence already knew about this and this puts into the “plot” along with Pompass, Mulvaney and bolton.

    trump’s response about Sondland.. I never met the guy.

    Next up, Nunes, with oh the tv ratings are going down ..blah blah blah

    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Lol. Next Sondland will just be the coffee boy.

  8. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 7:29 am

    next up, the republican SMEAR team. let’s see how Sondland holds up, he is going to need a bigger bottle of water.

  9. Hamstrung November 20, 2019 at 7:40 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/11/20/giuliani-should-be-prosecuted-for-bribery-and-pompeo-impeached.html

    “If Bill Barr isn’t fully compromised, @RudyGiuliani should be prosecuted for bribery & election interference conspiracies based on the testimony at these impeachment hearings alone.”

    Sondland testified that President Trump and Secretary Pompeo refused to give him access to his own call logs and records:

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/11/20/gordon-sondland-testimony-trump-ukraine.html

    Sondland said, “Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President Of The United States.

    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Wouldn’t that be obstruction?

  10. THI$ November 20, 2019 at 7:58 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-mcconnell-impeachment_n_5dd4728ae4b0fc53f20a672e

    Trump’s ultimate fate is more likely to hinge on the calculations of a single lawmaker from the other chamber, Kentucky’s McConnell.

    “That’s the $64,000 question.” CHEAT! #MoscowMitch

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_$64,000_Question

  11. fyi November 20, 2019 at 8:04 am

    https://www.axios.com/elise-stefanik-trump-effect-gop-8227cd19-8d98-4e8f-90c1-b44b10fe807f.html

    The big picture: Trump is highly popular in New York’s 21st district. He won it by 14 points in 2016, though Barack Obama carried it in 2008 and 2012.
    Why it matters: Stefanik has become the youngest, most moderate example of voter-driven Trumpification of the GOP.

  12. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Castor is obviously unprepared after this morning’s statement and grasping to do damage control, just called Sondland statements unreliable

    However he did provide us with THREE LOL of the day,so far :

    -trump wanted the Ukrainians to investigate burisma because he was concerned for the Ukrainian people

    -trump was concerned about he aid money because “he wanted to be a good steward of the taxpayers money” ( yea and I have a bridge to sell you)

    -“We’re just trying to get to the facts here”

    Sondland also stated that he is good buddies with trump, here is trump’s take on it ( didn’t take him long)
    ==========================

    Impeachment hearings live updates: Trump lashes out as Sondland acknowledges there was a ‘quid pro quo’

    The president added of Sondland: “This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy, though.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/impeachment-hearings-live-updates/2019/11/20/66ec806a-0b20-11ea-8397-a955cd542d00_story.html

  13. OK November 20, 2019 at 8:16 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/11/20/trump-watching-sondland-testimony.html

    Trump is plopped down in front of his TV and watching his own EU Ambassador seal his fate as only the third president in the history of the country to be impeached.

  14. OK November 20, 2019 at 8:27 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/its-all-over-trump-shouts-sondland-quotes-at-reporters-before-wandering-off-without-taking-questions/

    “Trump did not answer questions while leaving the White House nearly an hour late for an event in Texas.

    Trump departed during questioning of Ambassador Gordon Sondland, whose testimony earlier in the day had implicated the president, Vice President Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani and others. “I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy though,”

    Trump also disputed Sondland’s characterization that he had once been in a bad mood.

    “I’m always in a good mood. I don’t know what that is,”

  15. SSG Michael Vronsky November 20, 2019 at 8:50 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/robert-de-niro-believes-trump-will-start-a-war-so-he-can-serve-three-terms-as-president

    “He’s going to be history at one point, though he’d love to be president for life. He jokes about it. I think that if he became president for a second term he’d try to have a third term, and let smarter people manipulate it into getting us into some kind of altercation: a war.”

  16. Anon November 20, 2019 at 9:02 am

    This is absurd how Castor is making a case to distance Trump from Giuliani given Rudy was loudly public he was working for the President and spewing on Fox News about Burisma, the Bidens and the 2016 election. My point is Trump takes one fact to use as proof to hiss advantage while deleting all other pertinent facts including conversations and directives.

  17. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 9:21 am

    trump is so happy, it is all over because he never said he wanted a quid pro quo. LOL

    However wasn’t the statement he made to Sondland (the phone call about not wanting a pro quid pro) after the whistleblower complaint was filed and all the news about the quid pro quo came out. to me it just looks like trump was trying to cover his ass for all the nefarious doings that proceeded it.

    Besides I seriously doubt given trump’s limited vocabulary, he even knew what quid pro quo meant before it was published by the press.

    • Fyi November 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      ‘NO quid pro quo’ Because dRUMPf NEVER has or will fulfill his end of the ‘Quid’ = one pound sterling.

      666pence = $8.62

      Cheap Trick$

  18. Anon November 20, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Wow, it is like Sondland witnessed a murder conspiracy plan but since Trump or Giuliani did not tell him directly we are planning a murder then Soundland’ s conclusion is wrong.

  19. anonymous November 20, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Trump has lost the presumption of innocence from partisans Fox and Starr, he’s toast.

    https://twitter.com/grantstern/status/1197213815173193728

  20. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 11:37 am

    The thing about this Republican disease is that they make up stories, support the rich, fight down and dirty, and hear and see what only they desire. Reality has no meaning to them. Its an infection that started with the moral majority people and it aint going away too soon.

  21. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    the republicans want it both ways, first they according to them Sondland is an unreliable witness because he doesn’t take notes and can’t remember things, but when he recounted the telephone call with trump on Sept 9th, when trump’s answer to his question what do you want and trump said no quid pro quo, i want nothing.. then Sondland becomes a reliable witness and trump is exonerated.

    but as Rep Krishnamoothi pointed out, this phone call was AFTER trump and his gang were caught,the whistle blower complaint came out and congress began investigation into guess what.. quid pro quo. so trump was just covering his lard ass.

    Stefanik seems to have an obsessing with Hunter Biden. in court of law there would be objection since her questions are really leading the witness, according to her since “everyone already said yes to my question”, then she asks the question about hunter working for burisma is a conflict of interest, then Sondland should also. I wonder if she thinks that the fact trump is still running his businesses in foreign countries is a conflict of interest or is that ok

    Rep Speier provided another LOL of the day, when some republican on the committee yelled (out of turn)something about yea and they should get 3 pinocchios, she slammed back : trump gets 5 pinocchios on a daily basis, so let’s not go there.

  22. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I don’t think trump realized when he said “its all over”, the country is taking it to mean his presidency. finally he speaks the truth 🙂

  23. anonymous November 20, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      Question of the day, how many people will it take to convince trump firing Sondland won’t look good?

      “Just following orders” where have I heard that one before, oh right Nazi defense at Nuremburg trials.

    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      LOL,” This is the final word from the president of US”

      we should be so lucky and I guess this means he isn’t going to testify or tweet again 🙂

    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      So is trump having memory loss or are they doping him up?

      He must have tweeted no quid pro a million times in the past year and now he needs to write it down, looks like Ivanka wrote the “yelling points” for daddy and wrote it in sharpie to make it look like daddy’s working.

  24. anonymous November 20, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Trump in Texas on Sondland testimony:

    “Not only did we win today, it’s over”

    https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/1197273360977272833

    • Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Let’s remember trump considers bankrupting companies including a casino “winning”

  25. BarrNone November 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    @PoliticusSarah
    Impeachment witness Laura Cooper says the funds were certified by the DOD months before Trump froze the aid to Ukraine, so the funds were not blocked because Trump was concerned about “corruption.”

    https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1119369766479826944

    “DC insiders have long been telling the public that Barr is an institutionalist and he would never do what he just did. Well, he did it before in 1989. And it is no doubt exactly why Trump fired Sessions and went around regular order to install Barr.”

  26. anon November 20, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/11/20/mike-pompeo-resign-impeachment.html

    Trump’s secretary of state has reportedly told three prominent Republicans that he is planning to resign from the White House to run for a Senate seat.

    https://news.yahoo.com/mike-pompeo-planning-resign-because-093230187.html

    ‘hurting his reputation’

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/11/20/giuliani-should-be-prosecuted-for-bribery-and-pompeo-impeached.html

    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Really? After everything that is coming out and still to come on impeachment, he thinks he’ll be elected to the senate? Sorry but resignation isn’t going to save him.

    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 6:31 pm

      I never realized what a high pitch, girly voice Gym Jordan has until he was whining about something today.

  27. Anon November 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sondland-impeachment-hearing-trump-ukraine_n_5dd578ece4b0fc53f20cd30a

    Again, everyone was in the loop,” Sondland said.

    During the hearing, Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman told Sondland that Mulvaney, Bolton, McCormack, Blair and Perry had all been asked to come testify, but refused.

    “Would you include them, as well as Secretary Pompeo, as key witnesses that would be able to provide some additional information on this inquiry?” Goldman asked.

    “I think they would,”

    • Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      These are the folks that Nunes keeps saying the Democrats refuse to let tesify.

      Does Nunes have some kind of brain damage that doesn’t keep him from acting like a pompous ass everyday?

  28. OK November 20, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-gordon-sondland-testimony_n_5dd57348e4b0fc53f20cb8bb

    Trump appears to believe that his statement just now will be “the final word from the pres of the U.S.”

    I WANT NOTHING
    I WANT NOTHING
    I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO

  29. Anon November 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I felt happy to read this after hearing Nunes or Jones repeating that the Obama administration only gave Ukraine blankets. Stilwell set the record straight with witness Laura Cooper. https://www.rawstory.com/2019/11/dem-lawmaker-demolishes-gop-defense-that-trump-still-did-more-for-ukraine-than-obama/

  30. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Always a trumper and never one to lose an opportunity to make money, Eric (the dumber one) is using the impeachment hearings as a way to market their wine, you know the wine produced from vineyards tended by illegal aliens.

  31. Anonymous November 20, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Isn’t there also obstruction? I listened to a bit on NPR today and the witness (I assume was Sondland) said that he was locked out of access to his emails and documents at the state department and so could not give as accurate a testimony as he would like.

    That sounds like obstruction to me.

    • Anonymous November 21, 2019 at 4:37 am

      Yep, and i believe they asked him about that several times and his answer was always the same.

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