Was there a ‘quid pro quo?” Sondland — a close Trump ally and longtime GOP donor — said in his opening remarks to the House Intelligence Committee. “The answer is yes.” Schiff quick smelled blood and took the chase. But this was not long before Sondland walked back his ludicrous statement, delivering a punch in the face of Adam Schiff.
GOP Rep. Mike Turner questioned Sondland’s answers about the aid during his testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
Rep. Turner said;
“After you testified, Chairman Schiff ran out and gave a press conference and said he gets to impeach the president of the United States because of your testimony.” “And if you pull up CNN today, right now their banner says, ‘Sondland ties Trump to withholding aid.’ Is that your testimony today, Ambassador Sondland? That you have evidence that Donald Trump tied the investigations to the aid? Because I don’t think you’re saying that.”
Sondland said that he was “presuming” those things.
After further pressure from Rep. Turner, Sondland later added that he has no testimony “other than my own presumptions.”
“You’re just assuming all of these things and then giving them the evidence that they’re running out and doing press conferences and CNN headline says the president tied aid to investigations and you don’t know that. Correct?” Turner asked.
“I never said the president of the United States should be impeached,” Sondland replied.
“No, but you left people with the confusing impression you were giving testimony you did not. You do not have any evidence that the president was tied to holding aid from Ukraine,” he declared.
After Sondland said his entire testimony was only based on presumption, Adam Schiff got triggered, attacking the base of the GOP questioning, and noting that the Congressionally approved aid to Ukraine was released only after team Trump “got caught” withholding it.
“The money may have been conditioned, but they got the money. ”
“Yes, they got caught,” Schiff said. “They got caught.”
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