If it didn’t that would mean that Sondland lied under oath. Again.
Courtesy of WaPo:
President Trump was cranky when they spoke on the phone in September, Ambassador Gordon Sondland told members of Congress, but his words were clear: Trump wanted no quid pro quo with Ukraine.
“This is Ambassador Sondland speaking to me,” Trump said outside the White House last week, looking down to read notes he’d taken of Sondland’s testimony. “Here’s my response that he just gave: ‘I want nothing. . . . I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.’ ”
Sondland’s recollection of a phone conversation that he said took place on Sept. 9 has emerged as a centerpiece of Trump’s defense as House Democrats argue in an impeachment inquiry that he abused his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats.
However, no other witness testimony or documents have emerged that corroborate Sondland’s description of a call that day.
Trump himself, in describing the conversation, has referred only to the ambassador’s account of the call, which — based on Sondland’s activities — would have occurred before dawn in Washington. And the White House has not located a record in its switchboard logs of a call between Trump and Sondland on Sept. 9, according to an administration official who, like others in this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
There is, or course, evidence of that earlier phone call between Trump and Ukraine president Zelensky where he prompted him to announce that investigation into the Bidens.
There is also quite a lot of testimony from folks in the know that convincing leaders in the Ukraine to jump through hoops in order to get that military assistance was an ongoing endeavor by Trump associates.
If Sondland is lying, and it certainly appears that he is, that would be at least the second time he has been caught lying to Congress.
Sondland does not appear to me to be the kind of person who does well in prison.
But if he doesn’t straighten this out, that might be exactly where he is headed.