Trump-Sondland phone call on Ukraine talking points emerges as key to impeachment probe , As the standoff intensified Tuesday between House Democrats and President Trump over evidence sought for the impeachment inquiry,
Ambassador to the European Union, about the president’s efforts to coerce Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden. Two news organizations have now confirmed a New York Times report about a phone call between Trump and Sondland on Sept 9 ,
Apparently giving Sondland talking points on the issue, which was the impetus for the investigation by the House Intelligence Committee. Last week Kurt Volker, former American special envoy to Ukraine, provided testimony and text messages showing senior U.S.
Among those text messages was a conversation between Sondland and Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. On Sept. 9, Taylor and Sondland were texting about the withholding of aid. “As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” wrote Taylor.
“Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions,” wrote Sondland. “The President has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt;
The transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign I suggest we stop the back and forth by text If you still have concerns I recommend you give Lisa Kenna or S a call to discuss them directly. Thanks.”
On Tuesday, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported that during the five hours between texts, Sondland was in phone contact with Trump. The New York Times also reported the conversation last week. Sondland is not a career diplomat but a businessman,