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Gordon Sondland to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Today

HeadlineOct 17, 2019

In Washington, one of the so-called three amigos is slated to testify to House committee lawmakers today as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Gordon Sondland is the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a wealthy hotel magnate and real estate developer in Oregon. He received his ambassadorship after donating a million dollars to Trump’s inauguration. His lack of diplomatic experience led one White House foreign policy adviser to complain Sondland was a national security risk. Sondland is expected to testify about now-released text messages between him and Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine. In one of the messages, Taylor texted Sondland, “Are we now saying that security assistance and White House meeting are conditioned on investigations?” Sondland texted back, “Call me” — perhaps not wanting to leave a paper trail.

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