Republican Rep. Jim Jordan blasted Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s impeachment inquiry testimony after it was discovered he omitted President Trump’s apparent claim that he wanted “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine from his opening statement, during his testimony at Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.
Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified in his opening statement before Congress that there was a quid pro quo for Ukraine to announce investigations into Burisma and 2016 election interference
that came from Rudy Giuliani at the guidance of President Trump.
After Ambassador Sondland dropped the quid pro quo bombshell, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told reporters that it as “a very important moment in the history of this inquiry.” And
“It goes right to the heart of the issue of bribery as well as other potential high crimes and misdemeanors”.
But here’s were it gets interesting, Ambassador Sondland omitted in his opening statement his conversation with President Trump that completely puts the entire Democratic impeachment move to shame.
The story of the Trump-Sondland exchange emerged as a key moment for Republicans defending Trump’s role in the Ukraine issue.
While not mentioning it in his opening statement, Sondland eventually said under questioning that Trump told him “I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo” — apparently concerning whether military aid and more was tied to his requests for politically advantageous investigations from Ukraine.
Jordan came out firing at Sondland for not including that key quote in his lengthy opening statement, as he read it back to the witness.
“You can’t find the time to fit that in a 23-page opening statement,” Jordan fumed.
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