Trump declared that the impeachment hearing is “all over” after Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified that the president told him “I want no quid pro quo,” but the unpredictable diplomat later said the opposite, stating there was an agenda for “quid pro quo” with Ukraine.
Reading the headlines from the liberal media might lead one to believe that Sondland threw Trump under the bus. However, President Donald Trump sees Sondland’s testimony quite the opposite.
“I just noticed one thing and that would mean it’s all over,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before he read from handwritten notes that were taken during Sondland’s testimony.
During his testimony, Sondland re-created a conversation where he had asked Trump what he wanted from Ukraine.
“It was a very short, abrupt conversation,” the Sondland testified. “He [Trump] was not in a good mood. And he just said, ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing.’ Something to that effect.”
Trump viewed this statement by Sondland as an exoneration.
Sondland says “no quid pro quo” then flip-flops
However, later in the testimony, Sondland did what he has done in earlier depositions – flip-flopped on his comments.
Sondland reversed his position in later testimony saying he had worked with Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine at the “express direction” of Trump and had pushed a “quid pro quo” with the country because that was what the president wanted.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, (D-CA), said Sondland’s testimony “for the first time that knowledge of this scheme was pervasive.’’
Ukraine Widening its Biden-Connected Investigation
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced yesterday that the country is expanding its criminal investigation into Ukrainian gas company Burisma, where Hunter Biden served on the board, and which goes to the heart of House Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Donald Trump.
New prosecutor expanding review of previous cases
Since taking office in August, Ryaboshapka has launched a wide-ranging audit of criminal cases to determine whether they had been conducted properly and is now expanding that effort.
Thirteen of the investigations under review relate to Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, who is the former minister of ecology and natural resources, as well as a multimillionaire.
Allegations against Zlochevsky include tax violations, money laundering and licenses that were issued to Burisma during his term as minister.
Ryaboshapka said Zlochevsky was suspected of the “theft of government funds on an especially large scale,” but declined to comment on evidence or provide any details.
However, parts of the investigation are on hold, as Ukrainian authorities do not know the whereabouts of Zlochevsky.
The Bidens’ Ukraine involvement and Trump’s request
The corruption involving Burisma is part of the reason President Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a board member at Burisma from 2014-2019.
In 2016, then-Vice President Joe Biden bragged that he had pressured the Ukrainian government to fire the then-Ukrainian prosecutor, who was investigating Burisma at the time.
Biden boasted that he had threatened to withhold $1 billion in loans from the US to Ukraine if the prosecutor was not fired. Burisma was paying Hunter Biden, who had no prior experience in the gas industry, $50,000 per month to serve on the board.
Joe Biden bragged in retelling his threat to Ukraine: “I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.”
Despite this, Democrats are attempting to impeach President Donald Trump for actions the former vice president has openly admitted to and boasted about.