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.