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Sondland Changes Testimony Over Trump Impeachment Inquiry

News of recently released transcripts over President Trump’s impeachment inquiry is dominating the headlines.

Democrats released the transcripts of testimony from former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland, key players in the impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats.

Volker testified President Trump did not withhold a meeting with Ukraine President Zelensky in return for an investigation into the 2016 election, saying, “no… there was no linkage.”

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) Tweeted about Volker’s testimony.

President Trump commented about Volker’s testimony.

Most of the news focused on Sondland’s revised testimony.

Initially, Sondland said he was unaware President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani was urging Ukraine to investigate Ukrainian gas company Burisma where former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was serving on its board of directors.

However, Sondland revised his testimony to reflect a “refreshed” view of events following his analysis of other testimony provided to Congress, saying he told a Ukraine official, “U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks.”

Sondland earlier testimony stated President Trump told him, “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing… to do what he ran on.”

Sondland’s revised testimony is being used by Democrats to support their claim that President Trump engaged in a quid pro quo to get Ukraine to investigate Biden, a political rival.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement on Sondland.

The New York Post reports.

“Both transcripts released today show there is even less evidence for this illegitimate impeachment sham than previously thought. Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he ‘did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended.’ He also said he ‘presumed’ there was a link to the aid — but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption.

Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) commented about Sondland’s testimony on Twitter and said the comments are “overblown.”

Sondland’s revised testimony is not meaningful but Democrats are trying to make the most of it in their stubborn pursuit of impeaching President Trump.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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