A great ally of the president of the United States admitted to having conditioned the military aid to Ukraine for Kiev to investigate Joe Biden, Democratic rival of Donald Trump, as he told lawmakers who carry out the investigation to dismiss the president.
In one of the most condemnatory tests against Trump to date, Gordon Sondland told lawmakers to have told a senior Ukrainian official that US military aid would not be delivered until Kiev publicly guaranteed that he would investigate the ties of Biden and his son with the Burisma energy company.
According to his testimony of October 17 before lawmakers released on Tuesday, Sondland admitted that he proposed the quid pro quo (from Latin, "something in return for something") supposedly illegal, repeatedly denied by Trump in a conversation on September 1 , with Andrey Yermak, a senior advisor to the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski.RELATED
The ambassador said that was the culmination of months of pressure on Kiev, mainly through Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to open “anti-corruption” investigations into the Biden and Trump’s unfounded belief that Ukraine helped to the Democrats in the 2016 elections.
Sonland told Yermak that "the resumption of US aid would probably not occur until Ukraine provided the anti-corruption report we had been discussing for weeks," he told investigators.
The ambassador to the European Union, appointed to the post by Trump after donating a million dollars for his inauguration, was fully aware of the relationship between USD 391 million in US military aid and Ukraine's help to Trump for fight for his re-election next year.
Sondland also admitted to lawmakers who carry out the investigation prior to an eventual political trial against the president who understood that the link between the investigation and military aid was "incorrect."
Asked if this was illegal, the ambassador replied: "I am not a lawyer, but I presume that I am."