WSJ: Amb. Sondland Knew Call With Trump, Not Aid, Part of ‘Quid Pro Quo’

October 29, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

Ukraine’s agreeing to investigate President Donald Trump’s political rival was a condition of getting a meeting between the country’s leaders, which U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland believed was an example of quid pro quo, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Amb. Sondland told the Democratic-led House committees he was not involved in the withholding of military aide to Ukraine, but he did acknowledge the investigations into potential corruption was a condition of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy getting a meeting with Trump, Sondland’s lawyer Robert Luskin told the Journal.

When asked whether Ukraine offering to investigate potential corruption of Hunter Biden, son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, as a condition of speaking to Trump represented a “quid pro quo,” Sondland said he was not a lawyer, but he “believed the answer was yes,” the Journal reported, citing Luskin.

Trump and his administration unilaterally deny any quid pro quo, but Sondland’s testimony to the House committees conducting the secret impeachment inquiry seems to suggest there was at least some exchange of benefit in the way of a July 25 phone call that wound up serving as the basis for the latest Democratic impeachment attempt.

The allegations against the president include using attorney Rudy Giuliani to push for investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, while the Trump administration held up roughly $390 million in military aid to Ukraine. Democrats claim the president leveraged the U.S. taxpayer money to get political dirt on the Bidens.

“Amb. Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman,” Amb. Bill Taylor said in his testimony to Congress, per the report. “When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay up before signing a check.”

The House Intelligence Committee does reportedly intend to bring back Sondland for follow up questions after Amb. Taylor’s testimony, a request Sondland will honor, his lawyer told the Journal.

via newsmax

Recent Comments

  1. Barbara Quigley

    October 29, 2019 @ 2:31 pm

    Quigley the dems are so afraid that their families p will be outed in their involvement that they want Trump to be the center of this instead of them

  2. Truela Rogers

    October 29, 2019 @ 7:34 pm

    To me, this sounds like Sondland was reading into President Trump’s mind and making an assumption based on his telepathy instead of testifying on basis of facts as they presented themselves. I’m no attorney, but I think his representation seems inadmissible.

  3. James Neumann

    October 29, 2019 @ 11:37 pm

    I’m sick and tired, as should every American citizen should be, that the Democrates wasted three years of our taxpayer dollars doing everything that could to remove President Trump from office. Instead they should have been helping President Trump to solve many of the real problems facing the nation. The Democrates are so filled with hatred for President Trump that it has them posseed with an evil hatred that God dispises and against what our founders intended for our country. When “KINDNESS AND LOVE” are planted, the harvest produces a crop of the same as that which was sown. When the seed of “HATRED” is sown, nothing good can come from it except the works of God’s enemies. For those Democrates who claim to be a Christian, know this, God’s Word says you that: You reap what you sow.” Start acting like God wants you to act. That is to “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” If you continue with this charade of lies and hated against the President that the people elected, it will be your patries downfall for generations to come. I will pray that each of you seek the will of God and not the will of those in the Democratic Party leadership who are leading you away from the truth and integrity.

  4. Dale Hammond

    October 30, 2019 @ 12:49 am

    The DemocRATS will do anything, legal and illegal, to bring down, by COUP, a duly elected president who is NOT a globalist. Their HATRED of Trump and their EVIL LUST for power have made their actions UN-American. Even TREASONOUS. They have convinced themselves that they are speaking TRUTH to the American people by repeating their lies thousands of times over and over. They HATED Trump and talked about impeachment even BEFORE he was sworn in as President. THAT ALONE SPEAKS VOLUMNS! They began with the LIES about RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA. That proved baseless, so they moved on to anything they HOPED would bring America DOWN. The current “thing” is now this UKRAINIAN “thing.” Good ole sleepy Joe Biden is caught in a video forcing the Ukrainian government to fire a person to keep his precious corrupt son on the Ukrainian pay roll. DOUBLE STANDARD. They criticize the American PATRIOTS for doing exactly the same things the DemocRATS are doing. DOUBLE “STANDARD?” I do not believe the DemocRATS even have a standard. They will try anything and everything to STEAL power for themselves.

  5. Ronald J Garling

    October 30, 2019 @ 3:03 am

    What I don’t understand is: The Democrats are accusing our President with abuse of power because he asked for help in verifying the “real” abuse of power: Our past Vice President actually admitting on national television that he utilized “Quid Pro Quo” in threatening a foreign leader with withholding aide unless he fire their prosecutor who was looking into the actions of a National Company’s board of directors where in his son held a position . He also admitted in the same conversation that the President of the United States agreed with him doing that action. Where is the out cry about this????? The real crime. No one from the Democratic side sees to have any problem with this crime!!! If that’s not abuse of power then I don’t know what is. Wake up everyone. Let’s hold all people accountable for their actions and that includes Clinton, Comey, Obama, Biden and all the others. Another abuse of power is people using their “office” to secretly undermine our current administrations efforts in determining “real” crimes!!!

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