During Gordon Sondland’s testimony today, a number of conversations and realizations were disseminated to the American people.
The Democrats quickly pounced on a number of the topics broached by the US Ambassador to the EU, including a bizarre story in which Vice President Mike Pence was told of this alleged UkraineGate impropriety, and in which Pence responded vaguely and without alarm.
From today’s hearing:
Sondland testified that he specifically spoke to Pence about the hold on financial aid to Ukraine prior to a meeting with Ukranian President Volodymyr Volynsky.
“I mentioned to Vice President Pence before the meetings with the Ukrainians that I had concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations,” he said.
The White House swiftly and vehemently denied that this had ever occurred.
“Ambassador Gordon Sondland was never alone with Vice President Pence on the September 1 trip to Poland,” Marc Short, the vice president’s chief of staff, said in a statement to reporters. “This alleged discussion recalled by Ambassador Sondland never happened.”
There was more.
“The Vice President never had a conversation with Gordon Sondland about investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based upon potential investigations,” he said.
President Trump would also reiterate that there was no wrongdoing in regard to Ukraine during a fiery appearance on the White House Lawn in which he loudly read a transcript of a phone call between he and Sondland that explicitly stated that Trump wanted “nothing” from Ukraine.
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