Trump ally Gordon Sondland implicated Trump directly
The testimony of Gordon Sondland, Donald Trump’s hand-picked Ambassador to the EU, was absolutely devastating for Donald Trump. Sondland established two key points that shatter Trump’s flimsy defense arguments:
- Sondland confirmed Trump’s bribery scheme: “Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?…The answer is yes.”
- He confirmed that Trump directed the entire effort: “We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the president’s orders.”
Defense Department official Laura Cooper also delivered testimony that completely discredited one of Congressional Republicans’ main defenses of Trump: that the Ukrainians never knew that aid was being withheld. Cooper testified that the Ukrainians knew as early as July 25—the day of Trump’s infamous call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Share this moment from Sondland’s testimony to make it clear: Trump’s impeachable offenses are out in the open. He and his Republican allies in Congress have no defenses left.
And more testimony is on tap today
The public hearings on impeachment continue this morning starting at 9am ET. Follow @CAPAction for live clips and fact-checks. Here’s what you need to know about today’s witnesses:
- David Holmes: Holmes, a State Department aide, testified that he overheard a phone call between Sondland and Trump during which they discussed investigations that Trump wanted Ukraine to open into Trump’s political opponent.