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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 03:05 PM Oct 2019

Ambassador Sondland Throws Trump Under the Bus

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, will tell Congress that President Donald Trump told him to help his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani with his plan on Ukraine.

In his opening statement, which was obtained by The Daily Beast, Sondland wrote that any plot to encourage a foreign government to influence an American election would have been “wrong.”

“I did not understand, until much later, that Mr. Giuliani’s agenda might have also included an effort to prompt the Ukrainians to investigate Vice President Biden or his son or to involve Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the President’s 2020 reelection campaign,” he will say, according to the written version of his opening statement.

Sondland's role in the pressure campaign on the Ukrainian president was first revealed by The Daily Beast. He and Giuliani encouraged President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce an investigation into the Bidens. It has been alleged that there was a quid pro quo whereby Zelensky would be rewarded by the White House with a meeting between the presidents in return for launching an investigation into one of Trump's potential 2020 rivals.


There is a link to the 18-page opening statement of Sondland at the above link.

IMO, it seems to me that Sondland is doing a whole bunch of CYA'ing.
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Ambassador Sondland Throws Trump Under the Bus (Original Post) TruckFump Oct 2019 OP
I bet he was down with it until he got caught. dchill Oct 2019 #1
It sure reads that way to me. TruckFump Oct 2019 #2


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2. It sure reads that way to me.
Thu Oct 17, 2019, 03:19 PM
Oct 2019

I keep thinking of the old TV show, Hogan's Heroes, with the colonel that "knew nothing."

No one is that dumb to not realize what Trump wanted.

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