Establishment media outlets and Democrats are spinning Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s addendum to his October testimony as compelling evidence of a quid pro quo occurring between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Washington Post contends “Gordon Sondland just gave us this scandal’s smoking quid pro quo.” According to CNN, Sondland’s revised testimony “admits quid-pro-quo with Ukraine.” The New York Times posits Sondland’s testimony “Describes Ukraine Quid Pro Quo.”
However Rep. Mark Meadows – guest on Episode 4 of War Room: Impeachment – reveals such assertions are “overblown” and “outright false.”
Seeing many overblown (and outright false) reports about Ambassador Sondland's testimony. Here's what he actually said.
1. I did not (and still don't) know why aid was held up
2. I "PRESUMED" it was because of corruption
3. I told Yermak my assumption
See paragraph 4 here: pic.twitter.com/STZ2vtrVsv
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 5, 2019
Paragraph 4 of Sondland’s revised testimony – which Rep. Meadows cites in his tweet – shows how the Democrat and establishment media have overplayed their hand:
- With respect to the September 1, 2019, Warsaw meeting, the conversations described in Ambassador Taylor’s and Mr. Morrison’s opening statements have refreshed my recollection about conversations involving the suspension of U.S. aid, which had become public only days earlier. I always believed that suspending aid to Ukraine was ill-advised, although I did not know (and still do not know) when, why, or by whom the aid was suspended. However; by the beginning of September 2019, and in the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid, I presumed that the aid suspension had become linked to the proposed anti-corruption statement. As I said in my prepared testimony, security aid to Ukraine was in our vital national interest and should not have been delayed for any reason. And it would have been natural for me to have voiced what I had presumed to Ambassador Taylor, Senator Johnson, the Ukrainians, and Mr. Morrison.
Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Scott Perry also emphasize how using Sondland’s testimony to prove the existence of a quid-pro-quo is deceptive:
Before sending that text, Ambassador Sondland had a phone call with the President.
Sondland asked President Trump “what do you want from Ukraine?”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 5, 2019