The US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, is expected to announce on Thursday to Congress legislators that President Trump has told him that there is no compensation for Trump's disputed July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy.
] A person familiar with his planned testimony told Fox News that Sondland is expected to have his text message reassuring another envoy that there is no return in their interactions with Ukraine The phone call he had with Trump was less than five minutes.
Sondland should also tell Congress that he has no idea if Trump has told him the truth – just that he has told him that there is no return ̵
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An experienced diplomat in the text message, William Taylor, described it as "crazy to withhold Ukraine's security assistance" in exchange for "help with a political campaign."
Sondland responded that the claim about Trump's intentions was "wrong." "The president was absolutely sure that there was no return for him," he said in the text message.
Sondland was summoned by several House Committee committees when he did not appear for questioning after the Trump administration had prevented him from giving his testimony. He announced Friday that he would be appearing for questioning on Capitol Hill this week in apparent rejection from the State Department.
"Ambassador Sondland has asked the State Department to allow him to testify as soon as possible," said Jim McDermott, a lawyer representing Sondland, said in a statement sent by e-mail last Thursday. "Precisely because no-one is above the law, Ambassador Sondland has forwarded all relevant documents requested by Congress to the State Department, as required by the Federal Records Act."
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A witness who may not be called before Congress is the government's anonymous whistleblower who initiated the impeachment investigation. Top Democrats say testimony and evidence from other witnesses, and even from the president himself, confirms the report of the whistleblower who took place on Trump's phone conversation with Zelenskiy on July 25. Legislators are deeply concerned about protecting the person from Trump's threats to this matter and may not want to risk disclosing the whistleblower's identity. I need the whistleblower who did not call to tell us what happened during the call. We have the best evidence.
Schiff said it was "possibly not necessary" to reveal the whistleblower's identity as the whistleblower gathers evidence. "Our primary concern is to ensure that this person is protected," he said.
Mike Emanuel of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.