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E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland: Trump Wanted ‘Nothing’ from Ukraine, ‘No Quid Pro Quo’

Kristina Wongby Kristina Wong

The U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, testified to House lawmakers on Thursday that President Trump told him repeatedly he wanted “nothing” from Ukraine and that there was “no quid pro quo.”

“On September 9, 2019 … I asked the president: ‘What do you want from Ukraine?’ The president responded, ‘Nothing. There is no quid pro quo.’ The president repeated, ‘No quid pro quo’ multiple times. This was a very short call. And I recall the president was in a bad mood,” he testified.

The remarks are in his prepared statement to lawmakers as part of House Democrats’ investigations into if the president tried to withhold millions in U.S. military assistance in exchange for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Hunter sat on a Ukrainian energy board for $50,000 a month while he was vice president.

Furthermore, Sondland, who was deeply involved in U.S.-Ukrainian affairs in his position, said he does not recall discussions with the White House about withholding security assistance from Ukraine in exchange for dirt on Biden.

“To the best of my recollection, I do not recall any discussions with the White House on withholding U.S. security assistance from Ukraine in return for assistance with the President’s 2020 re-election campaign,” he testified.

His remarks come under a subsection of his testimony meant to clarify “misstatements” in the press. He said at the beginning of his statement, “I am NOT here to push an agenda. I am here to tell the truth.”

Sondland will also testify that Ukrainian “corruption and rule of law” were central topics among U.S. officials and even a delegation to Brussels led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in early 2019.

“In these meetings in Brussels and Odessa, as in nearly every meeting in which Ukraine issues were discussed, corruption and rule of law were central topics of conversation,” he will testify.

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