Trump’s Staunchest Defender In Impeachment Inquiry Now Admits To Quid Pro Quo

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who had previously denied allegations of a quid pro quo between the Trump administration and Ukraine, did a full reversal by suddenly remembering a conversation from early September and “updating” his original statement to impeachment investigators.

“I now recall speaking individually with Mr. (Andriy) Yermak, where I said resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” said Sondland. Multiple outlets, journalists, and experts are reporting on this statement as an admission of the precise quid pro quo situation that the impeachment proceedings are centered on.

Last month, Sondland testified that he didn’t know why Trump officials withheld military aid to Ukraine. What a lucky coincidence that he happened to remember!

The revised testimony also appears to implicate Vice President Mike Pence in this scandal, with Sondland saying the September 1 meeting was between Pence and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

This revision on Tuesday adds to a growing pile of evidence and testimony on Trump’s attempts to bribe the Ukraine government to dig up dirt on key political rival Joe Biden. On the same day, transcripts of interactions between the two countries revealed that former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker texted a Ukraine official a script that the Trump administration wanted them to use when announcing their investigation into the Bidens.

Meanwhile, Trump and his closest allies keep focusing on the whistleblower despite the fact that at this point, we’ve moved from whistles to alarms.

Volker is currently saying that he wasn’t aware of any quid pro quo situation, but we’ll see how long that lasts.