Sondland revises testimony, claims quid pro quo with Ukraine

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 4th, 2019 11:11 am

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 10:19 am

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland has rescinded his claim that there was no quid pro quo agreement between the U.S. and Ukraine.

Sondland said in his revised testimony that President Trump used U.S. military aid to Ukraine to attempt to force the country to investigate presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden and his son.

Sondland said he remembered a conversation on September first with Andriy Yermak, a top aid to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, that made it clear that military aid was contingent on the government beginning an investigation.

“After a large meeting, I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak, where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland said.

The ambassador said he was unaware that Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, tried to force Ukrainian leaders to investigate Biden.

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