Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union, who played a starring role in President Trump's anti-Biden crusade in Ukraine, reportedly spent months privately with Ukrainian officials on the notorious phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian over WhatsApp Communicates President, who triggered an impeachment investigation.
According to the Washington Post Sondland was busy with WhatsApp in late July during his trip to Kiev with Andriy Yermak, a top adjutant of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. A journey he was overheard as He gave Trump the assurance that Zelensky would perform "the investigation" and indeed "everything" Trump had asked just one day after the July 25 phone call.
According to the Post Sondland is said to have used the news app also for talks with other Ukrainian officials before and after the visit in July. It was not immediately clear who else was on the news.
These reports appear to have evaded the review of impeachment procedures, as the State Department reportedly refused to forward them, despite a summons from the Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees.
Sondland, who is said to have told another top official he was "responsible" for Trump's dealings in Ukraine, even though the country is not even part of the EU, also met with Yermak, a US State Department official, during the same visit testified that he should not attend the meeting as a note taker.
This meeting was reportedly taking place just before Sondland called Trump while he was sitting outside a restaurant in central Kiev, assuring him that Zelensky "loves her ass." At the other end of the phone, it was enough to talk could be overheard. Sondland Trump reportedly told Zelensky "would do anything you ask him to do", including the "investigations" Trump had urged.
Sondland is said to have later told the same employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who testified about the interception of the conversation that Trump does not say about Ukraine, not even about the war in the East, only about the "big stuff", "Of it he benefits personally like the Biden investigation.
These open comments from Sondland appeared to be made at approximately the same time as Zelensky's office issued a statement that the new Ukrainian president had just met with Sondland and the US. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker thanks them for America's help in ending the war.