Impeachment inquiry: Key witness Ambassador Sondland testifies

Impeachment inquiry: Key witness Ambassador Sondland testifies
Posted at 14:0514:05Who is Gordon Sondland?BBCCopyright: BBCThe wealthy hotelier appointed as ambassador to the EU by Trump has found himself at the centre of the impeachment inquiry.Diplomats have described Sondland, along with other officials, as being part of a shadow foreign policy operation on Ukraine, sidestepping official channels to pressure Zelensky to investigate Biden and…

Who is Gordon Sondland?

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The wealthy hotelier appointed as ambassador to the EU by Trump has found himself at the centre of the impeachment inquiry.

Diplomats have described Sondland, along with other officials, as being part of a shadow foreign policy operation on Ukraine, sidestepping official channels to pressure Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

In closed-door testimony last month, Sondland said he did not know about any preconditions being attached to military aid for Ukraine.

But he revised that testimony on 4 November in a three-page addendum to reflect memories he said had been refreshed by other witnesses.

In particular, he said he remembered a conversation with Andriy Yermak, an aide to the Ukrainian president.

«I now recall speaking individually with Mr Yermak, where I said resumption of US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,» Sondland said.

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Welcome to our live coverage

Welcome to our live coverage of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

Today, lawmakers will hear from US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland — a key witness who could shed light on how connected the president is to the Ukraine matter.

Sondland has already testified once behind closed doors, and then revised that testimony after his memory was refreshed by other witnesses, he said.

And the question at the heart of the inquiry — whether President Donald Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

We’ll keep you updated on all the latest happenings on Capitol Hill here.

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