The Trump administration has blocked Gordan Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, from testifying in the Democrat’s partisan impeachment inquiry.
Sondland was scheduled to testify behind closed doors Tuesday with staff from three Democratic-led House committees, but was directed by the State Department not to attend, the BBC reported.
The ambassador was expected to be questioned about whether President Trump was threatening to withhold military aid in seeking a commitment from Ukraine to look into potential corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
This being central to the Democrats’ efforts to take down the president as they try to establish quid pro quo.
President Trump took to Twitter to explain his reasoning — that being the Democrat’s “totally compromised kangaroo court.”
In a pair of tweets, Trump said: “I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see. Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, “I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.” That says it ALL!”
….to see. Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, “I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.” That says it ALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019
This coming after reports that House Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, are considering “extraordinary steps” to prevent Republican lawmakers from learning the identity of the whistleblower who raised concerns over Trump’s call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Speaking of Schiff, he is accusing the State Department of obstruction of justice by withholding evidence.
NBC News reported on Twitter: “House Intel Cmte. Chairman Schiff says Amb. Sondland has messages on a personal device that he has given to US State Dept. but State Dept. is withholding messages from Congress; says blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents is seen as evidence of obstruction.”
JUST IN: House Intel Cmte. Chairman Schiff says Amb. Sondland has messages on a personal device that he has given to US State Dept. but State Dept. is withholding messages from Congress; says blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents is seen as evidence of obstruction. pic.twitter.com/3Kt1OXCXwB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 8, 2019
Sondland’s attorney released a statement saying that the ambassador is “profoundly disappointed” that he will not be able to testify.
“Ambassador Sondland believes strongly that he acted at all times in the best interests of the United States, and he stands ready to answer the Committee’s questions fully and truthfully,” the statement said.
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