WASHINGTON – Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the EU, points to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton, who explicitly stated in an explosive public statement on Wednesday that he was there "quid quo pro", which links a visit by the Ukrainian President to the White House with an investigation into a political opponent of the President.
After several witnesses had objected to his previous deposition, Sondland accused everyone except himself of the pressure campaign Ukraine initiates impeachment Trump He appeared to his television hearing with tons of new text messages and e-mails, which he said prove that the highest levels of the White House and the State Department were involved.
"They knew what we were doing and why," Sondland plans to inform the House Intelligence Committee following its opening speech by NBC News. "Everyone was up to date, it was no secret."
He says he knows that MEPs have asked "if there was anything in return". The answer is yes.
Sondland also draws Pompeo deeper into the effort than previously known, including e-mails to the secretary and a top adjutant, in which the basic features of the Democratic claim seem clear.  Download the NBC news app for breaking news and politics
At that time, the Trump administration had frozen military aid to Ukraine. On 11 August, Sondland sent an e-mail to Pompeo Advisor Lisa Kenna stating that he and former Ukrainian Ambassador Kurt Volker had negotiated a "statement" for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Kenna replies that she is forwarding the message to Pompeo. Eleven days later, Sondland wrote to Pompeo directly, suggesting Zelenskiy meet Trump in Warsaw "to look him in the eye" and say that he should be able to handle important matters for Trump "Once the new judicial officials of Ukraine are there. " Earlier, Zelenskiy Trump said in a telephone conversation on July 25 that the installation of his own prosecutor's office would remove an obstacle to the initiation of investigations into the bids and the 2016 elections.
"Hopefully this will break the blockade," wrote Sondland.
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"Yes," Pompeo answered three minutes later. Kenna said she would try to arrange the meeting. Ultimately, Trump sent Vice President Mike Pence to Warsaw instead.
Sondland wants to testify that it was based "on the basis of my communication with Secretary Pompeo" that he felt comfortable telling a top Zelenskiy aide, which means probably would not come to be frozen until Ukraine becomes public committed to the investigation requested by Trump. These included investigations into the family of former Vice President Joe Biden and alleged interference by Ukraine in the 2016 elections.
"The Foreign Ministry fully supported our commitment to Ukraine's affairs and was aware that we felt obliged to investigate "Sondland will testify," it says in its opening speech.
Pompeo twice ignored questions about Sondland's statement in Brussels, where he meets with NATO allies.
Sondland's 19-page opening statement – plus texts and e-mails, He has said that his memory has been refreshed by the testimony of other witnesses, but it is full of new details and information he left out both in his nine-hour deposit and in a later affidavit the legislature will probably blame Sondland for being the information has not previously been submitted and whether his testimonial is trustworthy after so many changes.
But the e-mail and text notes that Sondland will provide to Congress on Wednesday could underpin part of his new account.
In an e-mail to Bolton on August 26, Sondland sent him a contact card for Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who initiated the investigation into The Biden and 2016. This email came days before Bolton traveled to the Ukraine and Sondland plans to testify that "Bolton's office has requested Mr Giuliani's contact information".