European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony before the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry on Wednesday generated several startling revelations, including confirmation of an explicit quid-pro-quo deal involving investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.
CNN’s Jake Tapper described Sondland’s testimony as “a monumental and historic moment on what may turn out to be the worst day with the most damning evidence for President Trump in the impeachment inquiry.”
He then laid out all the ways that Sondland has been very bad news for the president.
“Sondland directly implicated the president in directing the operation to pressure Ukraine,” Tapper explained. “Sondland is testifying that there very clearly was a quid pro quo — this was for a White House visit for the Ukrainians in exchange for an announcement about an investigation into the company Burisma and the Bidens. Now, Sondland later said it became clear to him that the quid pro quo also, he presumed, was tied to the holdup of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid that Ukraine desperately needed.”
Even more stunning, argued Tapper, was that Sondland implicated so many administration officials.
“Sondland named names today on everyone, in his view, who was involved with knowledge of a pressure campaign of a quid pro quo, of the meeting in exchange for the announced investigations,” he said. “Starting with President Trump as well as Vice President Pence, he says, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Mick Mulvaney. Sondland said multiple times, quote, ‘Everyone was in the loop.'”
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‘I hear from psychiatrists weekly’ who warn about the president’s ‘mental incapacity’: Trump biographer
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During a CNN panel discussion, Toobin was shown a clip of Trump talking about releasing his tax returns during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.
"I'm under tax audit, I have been for a long period of time," the president told Hannity. "Once I ran for politics that deal was like we didn't make it. So I'm under a continuing audit, and anyone that did that or showed that before you have it finalized, but they treat, they treat me horribly, the IRS. It is a disgrace what has happened. We had a deal done, I guess it was signed even. Once I ran or once I won, somewhere back a long time ago everything was like let's start all over again."
The Secretary of Defense was briefed on Russian bounty on American soldiers — proving it isn’t the hoax Trump said it was
Last week, President Donald Trump finally heard the news that the Russian government was giving cash to Afghanistan's Taliban forces to murder American soldiers.
Initially, he began with Step one in the Trump list of processing a scandal: denial.
"Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an "anonymous source" by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us. Nobody's been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking over important parts of Ukraine - Where's Hunter? Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax. Who is their 'source'?" tweeted Trump on June 28.