Published: Mon, November 11, 2019

U.S. diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo

U.S. diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo

Speaking anonymously, one EU Council diplomat said he had "a way about him that can rub people the wrong way" and another said he was "not everyone's cup of tea".

"I'm not concerned about anything", Trump told reporters.

Mr Sondland offered a glimpse into his personal life in in Brussels a year ago. The video is a cosy, open portrait of a wealthy family looking forward to a life in Europe.

"We do that all the time with foreign policy", Mulvaney said.

His background echoes the president's choice of his echo: a hotel operator and businessman with a millionaire turned his attention to politics.

He had originally backed a Trump rival in the 2016 presidential race - Jeb Bush. But Mr. Sondland said he and career State Department officials were unable to do anything about Mr. Giuliani.

But, when Donald Trump was elected, Mr Sondland donated $1m (£781,000) to his inaugural committee.

According to the ambassador I spoke with and senior European Union officials, Mr. Sunderland's reputation in Brussels was mixed.

His political influence extended to Ukraine, and he spends most of his time between Brussels and Kiev.

Vindman claimed that during a meeting between Ukrainian officials and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the USA diplomat told Kiev that Ukraine must investigate allegations against the Bidens.

Mr. Sunderland called it a "special task". And that Ukraine role has put him in the spotlight as a key witness in the impeachment investigation.

Trump is accused of pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to launch investigations for damaging information on former US Vice President Joe Biden, a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

There has been zero evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.

Politicians asked if he was aware that "quid pro quo" meant "this for that".

President Donald Trump has offered multiple lines of defense against House Democrats' allegations that he appeared to abuse the power of his office in his dealings with Ukraine's new government. President Trump denies this.

For Gordon Sunderland, his sudden announcement raised suspicion that endless comic material appeared on the Golden Time television network in the United States.

On the CBS Late Show, comedian Stephen Colbert commented: "Why did Sondland decide to revise his statement to Congress?" Besides, he said, he always thought it was fine to call on Ukraine to conduct such a probe "because that is just a matter of, you know, we don't want anybody interfering in our elections". "It really made the old face look new".

They agreed to speak frankly, on condition of anonymity.

"He's certainly an expert in alienation".

Another person said that they would "work hard on diplomacy" and then make it clear that they prefer former ambassadors.

Vindman heard Trump say about CrowdStrike, "They say you have it". "Maybe a Lapsang can leave a bitter taste".

One ambassadorial adviser who has spent decades in Brussels had kinder words. "He is aggressive and good at fighting, and some people may say high-lipoprotein". But he seems very open and you get where he's coming from. "I didn't even know their names".

The official on-the-record view offers a different take.

Diplomacy at its most diplomatic.

This week contacted Ambassador Sunderland and his team to comment But not available. So I think it's quite interesting.

Kent's remarks bolster the accounts of other officials whose depositions have been made public and underscore the intense back-and-forth within the Trump administration over its Ukraine policy.

Republicans have been invited to submit requests for witnesses in the first public hearings that start next week and are expected to ask to hear from the whistleblower.

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