The US Ambassador to the European Union (EU) unexpectedly changed his testimony to Congress in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump regarding a controversial call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
In a new, four-page affidavit to the US Congress that was just published on November 5, US Ambassador to Europe Gordon Sondland revealed for the first time that he had contacted Andriy Yermak, a top adviser of the General. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Washington could stop providing aid to Ukraine if Kiev did not comply with President Trump's request to investigate former US President and Vice President Joe Biden's father.
|President Donald Trump (right) in an exchange with US Ambassador to EU Gordon Sondland. Photo: AP|
Changing Sondland's testimony was based on a review of the testimony of US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and Tim Morrison, a senior US National Security Council official, who sent to House committee committees.
The US House of Representatives launched a impeachment investigation into Mr. Trump in late September after an intelligence official sent a whistleblower report, in direct phone conversations in July, the president pressured people. Ukrainian counterpart Zelensky had to investigate father and son Biden. Biden is currently the brightest presidential candidate on the Democratic Party and thus could be Mr. Trump's most formidable opponent in the 2020 reelection race.
The US ambassador to the EU acknowledged that he conveyed Washington's "reciprocating" message to Yermak on September 1, on the occasion of Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Warsaw and met with the President of Ukraine. here. Mr Sondland also explained that this was not mentioned in the October 17 affidavit because it was not until after reading the statements of officials Taylor and Morrison that he "remembered the conversations regarding the suspension. US aid. "
According to Sputnik, in addition to Mr. Sondland's new affidavit, the US Intelligence, Diplomatic, Oversight and Reform Commission of the US House of Representatives on November 5 also published many documents and transcripts of phone conversations. , including the testimony of former US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.
In a later statement, the presidents of the three committees affirmed that "the president's plan is becoming more and more clear".
However, in a statement released the same evening, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham asserted, the documents mentioned above even showed less evidence that could be used as a basis for impeachment of President Trump. compared to previous speculations.
"Ambassador Sondland frankly declared that he 'did not know and still does not know when, why or by whom aid (to Ukraine) was suspended'. He also expressed himself 'that' have a link to aid but cannot identify any solid source of support for that assumption.
In contrast, Mr. Volker's testimony confirmed there was no 'going back and forth' because the Ukrainians were not aware of military aid at the time. Clearly evil headlines were created. in order to influence the story, it doesn't change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong, "Ms. Grisham emphasized.