Sondland, Ambassador to EU, to Testify He Doesn’t Know Why Ukraine Aid Was Held Up

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2019-10-13 00:40:52

FILE – In this July 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump is joined by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, second from right, as he arrives at Melsbroek Air Base, in Brussels, Belgium. Sondland, wrapped up in a congressional impeachment inquiry, was a late convert to Trump, initially supporting another candidate in the Republican primary and once refusing to participate in a fundraiser on his behalf.

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland will testify to Congress next week that he did not know why United States military assistance to Ukraine was held up nor who ordered it, according to a person with knowledge of Sondland’s testimony before the House next week, NBC News reports.

Sondland will say that he “relied on the president’s assurances in good faith and passed these along” when he texted Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor that there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine, the person said. President Donald Trump has urged Ukraine to investigate the son of political rival Joe Biden.

In Sept. 9 text messages given to Congress, Sondland told Taylor that Trump had been “crystal clear” that there was no quid pro quo.

“I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” Taylor said in a text.

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