An exchange between Democrat’s lead counsel Daniel Goldman and Ambassador Sondland during today’s public hearing demonstrably clears President Trump of attaching any “conditions” on aid to Ukraine:
Goldman: You didn’t talk to President Trump when Ambassador Taylor says that’s what you told him? Is that your testimony here?
Sondland: My testimony is I never heard from President Trump that aid was conditioned on an announcement of elections.
Goldman: So, you never heard those specific words?
Sondland: Correct. Never heard those words.
Goldman: Well, let’s move ahead.
Sondland: “I Never Heard From President Trump That Aid Was Conditioned On An Announcement” pic.twitter.com/yz6pHiGCT9
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 20, 2019
The excerpt above reiterates President Trump’s innocence on the substance aspect of impeachment by clearly demonstrating that no quid pro quo occurred.
Prior to this, in Ambassador Sondland’s leaked opening statement, he asserts:
“In the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid, I later came to believe that the resumption of aid would not occur until there was a public statement from Ukraine committing to an investigation.”
Raheem Kassam analyzed the phrase “I later came to believe” on Episode 38 of War Room Impeachment: “That’s not saying that it’s true. That’s not saying it was affirmed statement he was giving.”
It was just Ambassador Sondland’s second-hand opinion on President Trump’s intention which turned out to be untrue.
Democrats and the mainstream media would have you believe the opinions and feelings of a vengeful, fame-seeking bureaucrat over the Ukrainian President, his top officials, and President Trump himself who have all insisted that aid was never withheld.