Gordon Sondland, a wealthy businessman who contributed $1 million to President Trump’s inaugural committee, and was subsequently named ambassador to the European Union, read an opening statement to the House impeachment committee that will likely lead to articles of impeachment.
In it, he said that there was a quid pro quo (a meeting in exchange for military aide), and that everything he did related to Ukraine was ordered by the President.
Sondland said these requests and actions were coordinated by Rudy Giuliani, and that they were known by Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
Republicans haven’t changed their stance on impeachment
Rep. Mark Meadows, a republican, describes why the reaction by Republicans has been mixed, but steadfast.
“Different people have different issues,” he said. “One might have problems with the process. One has problems with the underlying facts. Some people say, ‘Well, gosh, I don’t agree with the phone call, but it’s not impeachable.’ So you get all kinds of different paradigms that it’s being viewed through. . . . Everybody will gravitate to their strongest argument that they feel most comfortable with.”
Need some help on the simple arguments on both sides of the impeachment debate? Check this out.
Want a refresher on the call between Trump and Zelensky? Read the rough transcript here.
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