Testifying before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, US Ambassador to the European Union (EU), Gordon Sondland, contradicted the US President. There was indeed a demand for compensation, he said.
In his opening statement, he categorically acknowledged that Ukraine’s investigations into the Burisma gas company and the 2016 US presidential elections were conditional on a call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. , and holding a meeting between the two leaders.
Several witnesses have previously argued that Burisma was a coded word for “Biden”, since one of the former vice-president’s sons had business ties with that company.
President Trump repeatedly insisted that there was no demand for a counterparty.
“I know that the members of this committee have often summed up these complex issues with a simple question: Was there a” counterpart request “? […] With regard to the appeal and the meeting […] ] [what did Zelensky want], the answer is yes. ”
President Rudy Giuliani’s personal advocate called for a public announcement of the inquiries by the Ukrainian president, Ambassador Sondland said.
We all understood that these prerequisites for the White House appeal and the White House meeting reflected the wishes and demands of President Trump, he said.
Gordon Sondland claimed to have worked with Mr. Giuliani, at the express request of the President of the United States. We followed the orders of the president, “he insisted, saying he did not want to work with him.
By his own admission, Rudy Giuliani was trying to obtain from the Ukrainian authorities information beneficial to President Trump and to convince them to launch damaging investigations into Democrats.
According to the re-enactment of the appeal that was made public two months ago, when the telephone conversation finally took place on July 25, President Trump notably asked his interlocutor to investigate the matter. Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, whose son Hunter sat for a few years on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. The owner of this company has a time been targeted by a corruption investigation.
Donald Trump also asked his interlocutor the favor of investigating the interference of Ukraine in the 2016 US presidential campaign, thus questioning the conclusions of US intelligence and echoing conspiracy theories relayed by Russian trolls and far-right sites. Instead, the intelligence services concluded that Russia had interfered with the 2016 campaign.
The Ukrainian president was to announce the investigations. He was not obliged to do so, as I understand it, Sondland also said, questioned about the chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, Adam Schiff.