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Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) hammered U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Wednesday during Democrats’ impeachment inquiry hearing on the House Intelligence Committee. Hill got Sondland to admit that “no one on this planet” told him that financial assistance to Ukraine was connected to any investigations.
“After you testified, Chairman [Adam] Schiff ran out and gave a press conference and said he gets to impeach the president of the United States because of your testimony and if you pull up CNN today, right now, their banner says ‘Sondland ties Trump to withholding aid,’” Turner said. “Is that your testimony today, Ambassador Sondland? That you have evidence that Donald Trump tied the investigations to the aid? Because I don’t think you’re saying that.”
“I’ve said repeatedly, Congressman, I was presuming,” Sondland replied.
Turner continued to push Sondland for clarity.
“So, no one told you? Giuliani didn’t tell you? Mulvaney didn’t tell you? Pompeo didn’t tell you? Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations, is that correct?” he asked.
“No, answer the question,” Turner said. “Is that correct? No one on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying this aid to the investigations? Because if your answer is ‘yes,’ then the chairman is wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong.”
Turner asked for a “yes or no” answer.
“Yes,” Sondland said.
Sondland went on to admit that the only “proof” he had that President Trump withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for investigations was his “presumption.”
“Do you know what made up testimony is,” Taylor asked Sondland. “Made up testimony is when I just ‘presume’ [what someone said]. You’re just assuming all of these things.”
Taylor blasted Sondland for “leaving the impression” that Trump was involved in a scheme to withhold Ukraine aid for favors.
During the questioning, the Wire notes, the chyron on CNN stated: “SONDLAND: ‘YES’ THERE WAS QUID PRO QUO IN UKRAINE SCANDAL.”
WATCH the questioning below:
🚨🚨🚨 STORY OF THE SONDLAND HEARING 🚨🚨🚨
Courtesy of @RepMikeTurner ➡️
Q: No one else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations, is that correct?
A: Yes. pic.twitter.com/GqV6vwZ0a1
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 20, 2019
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