Oct 11, 2019

EU ambassador confirms plan to testify before House committees

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U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland plans to testify before the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine next week, according to a statement issued by his lawyer on Friday.

Why it matters: Axios' Alayna Treene scooped yesterday that Sondland was on the committees' schedule for next Wednesday after previously being blocked from testifying by the Trump administration. Sondland's lawyer also said while he wants to produce documents requested by the committees, that decision is ultimately up to the State Department.

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Scoop: EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland to testify next week

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U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland will testify next Wednesday before the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine, despite being blocked by the State Department from appearing at a closed-door deposition this week, 4 congressional sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Sondland's lawyer confirmed Friday that the ambassador does plan to testify — "notwithstanding the State Department's current direction not to testify."

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Sondland "does not recall" Ukraine aid threat, lawyer tells WashPost

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland (C) arrives at the Capitol on Oct. 17. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland disputes aspects of congressional testimony by the top American diplomat in Ukraine and he "does not recall" anything about threatening Ukraine over aid, his attorney told the Washington Post Wednesday.

Why it matters: Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor testified Tuesday that Sondland communicated to Ukrainian officials that President Trump wanted military aid to Ukraine to be conditional on them agreeing to investigate natural gas firm Burisma, for which former Vice President Joe Biden's son worked, and alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election in a quid pro quo, which Trump has long denied.

Go deeperArrowOct 24, 2019

WSJ: Sondland told House panels Trump's Ukraine action was quid pro quo

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U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told House investigators last week the actions of President Trump and his allies over Ukraine "amounted to a quid pro quo," his attorney told the Wall Street Journal Saturday.

Why it matters: The issue of alleged quid pro quo involving Trump and Ukraine is central to the House inquiry into his possible impeachment. The president and his allies have long denied any quid pro quo took place.

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