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Sondland Now Says There Was Quid Pro Quo on Ukraine

HeadlineNov 06, 2019

On Capitol Hill, United States Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland now says there was a quid pro quo that preconditioned the release of military aid to Ukraine on a Ukrainian investigation into President Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son. Gordon Sondland is a wealthy hotel magnate and real estate developer in Oregon who received the ambassadorship after donating a million dollars to Trump’s inauguration. Last month he told impeachment investigators that he “never” thought there was a precondition on the aid. But in a sworn statement released Tuesday, Sondland reversed himself, writing, “I said that resumption of the U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anticorruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks.”

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