“I don’t know him well. He seems like a nice guy. I don’t know him.” ~tRump
Those were Dotard’s words after Sondland’s testimony on Wednesday. I guess it wasn’t good for him.
Between impeachment hearings all day, and the Democratic debates last night, following the news yesterday was exhausting. Don’t tell anyone, but I was able to listen to every word of Sondland’s testimony on the down-low—with the aid of earbuds and cellphone. It was my way of sticking it to the man, and it was satisfying.
Note the carefree smile on the face of Devin Nunes before the witness testified.
Gordon Sondland testified in closed-door hearings some weeks ago; his deposition was universally contradicted. As a means of self-preservation he amended it in writing, but he was still not forthcoming, and that was evident with each new witness questioned.
Sondland’s only public hearing was yesterday. It was a third attempt by the House Intelligence Committee to get the truth from him, and he needed to be truthful to save himself from becoming a scapegoat.
John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Vice President Pence, Rick Perry, and Mick Mulvaney, were all offered up in Sondland’s bountiful betrayal. He also gave no quarter, pardon my pirate—took no prisoners,
Prior to Sondland’s public testimony, Republicans in the House intelligence committee had repeated- ad infinitum, “Not one witness has said there was quid pro quo. Not one witness has said the words quid pro quo. There was no quid pro quo…”
Then Sondland chose to unbosom himself in his opening statement using those exact words:
“Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky. Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma. Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President,” ~Gordon Sondland
Not smiling now.☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼
Sondland gave no quarter- to tRump either.
“We followed the president’s orders.” ~Gordon Sondland
You wouldn’t have known it by Sondland’s devil may care attitude, but he did not testify with a deal of immunity. He could still end up sharing a cell with all those sporting tire marks this morning from the bus he threw them under. That fact adds some credibility to his words.
Nunes and his crew picked their jaws up off the floor and responded in the following manner:
GOP: Can you give us specific dates and times pertaining to the allegations you’re making?
Sondland: I could if you allowed me to see my documents.
GOP: So there is no proof
Sondland: Again, you’re withholding my records.
GOP: So no proof.
GOP: We would urge Chairman Schiff to end this ridiculous inquiry because it’s clear… Let’s talk about the Obama administration.
House impeachment hearings are continuing today, Thursday, with testimony from Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, and David Holmes, a State Department official who was at the restaurant in Ukraine when Sondland called Sondland from his cellphone, holding the phone away from his head, making tRump’s booming voice audible to all.
They are both testifying that there was no question that tRump was withholding aid and would not schedule a meeting with Zelensky because he was either angry that Zelensky had not announced an investigation into the Bidens, or he was still attempting to pressure him to do so. They both made clear that Zelensky was aware of the situation.