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‘Thank God this person came forward’: Dem reveals whistleblower gave Congress roadmap for investigation

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Members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees were permitted on Wednesday to read the whistleblower report on President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

They could only read the classified document inside a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was one of the members eligible to read the whistleblower report and shared his thoughts afterward with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

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“Chris, I can tell you what’s described in the complaint is deeply disturbing,” Swalwell said.

“The acting director of national intelligence prohibits me from even connecting it to the president’s call with Ukraine,” he said, echoing the comments from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Swalwell, a former prosecutor, explained how the whistleblower provided a roadmap to guide the investigation

“But I’ll just say this, the whistleblower — thank God this person came forward — lays out witnesses we need to follow up with, documents that we need to get and also describes a number of individuals around this disturbing conduct who never came forward,” Swalwell said. “That’s what’s really concerning to me.”

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Sondland says Ukrainians knew there was a quid pro quo for military aid — because he told them

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E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland's opening statement contains a blizzard of damning allegations about President Donald Trump and his immediate officials' conduct surrounding the withholding of foreign aid to Ukraine.

In particular, Sondland's statement directly contradicts a major talking point used by Republicans to defend the president: That there couldn't have been a quid pro quo to force the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, because the Ukrainians did not know the delay in military aid was linked to opening investigations.

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‘We followed the president’s orders’: Sondland leaves no wiggle room for Trump’s direct involvement in Ukraine scandal

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland will leave no wiggle room for President Donald Trump to deny his direct involvement in the Ukraine scandal in his bombshell opening statement.

As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.

"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."

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Sondland directly implicates Trump and Giuliani in ‘quid pro quo’ in bombshell opening statement

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland is directly implicating both President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani in running a "quid pro quo" scheme to condition a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on launching an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Daily Beast has obtained excerpts of Sondland's opening statement that show the EU ambassador will make clear in his testimony on Wednesday that Giuliani wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- and that he was pushing for it with Trump's encouragement.

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