The US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, has decided to change the statement he made before the House of Representatives behind closed doors in the investigation of the process of parliamentary dismissal (impeachment) against the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to state that there was a 'quid pro quo' (an exchange of favors) with Ukraine, based on the suspension of US military aid until the Ukrainian authorities pledged to investigate Hunter biden, the son of former US vice president Joe Biden.
As reported by the newspaper The New York Times and the television network CNN, in a surprising change of position, the highest US diplomatic official in Europe decided on Monday to change the testimony he made in the investigation of the impeachment behind closed doors and sent a written statement of three pages in length to indicate that there was a 'quid pro quo', thus separating itself from the main line of defense that the US president has had, which maintains that there was never an exchange of favors with Ukraine regarding his telephone call to the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski.
In the written statement that you have sent to the House of Representatives commission responsible for the investigation of the impeachment, Ambassador Sondland has said he remembered a conversation that took place on September 1 on the margins of the meeting of the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, with the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, and in which he himself told a senior Ukrainian official that US military aid was linked to the investigation of Biden.
"I remember now that I spoke personally with Andri Yermak and I told him that the resumption of US aid it probably wouldn't take place until Ukraine made the public declaration against corruption that we had been discussing for many weeks, "Sondland said, in his written statement incorporated into the impeachment.
This new statement was included on Tuesday in the transcript of the closed-door appearance he made for hours before the House of Representatives and reinforces the thesis of the Democratic congressmen who maintain that the president of the country made the concession contingent of one hundred million dollars of military aid to Ukraine to the authorities publicly pledged to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former US vice president Joe Biden.
The Supervisory, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Commissions they spread the transcripts of the Sondland appearances and those of the special ex-US envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker on Tuesday, for the progress of the process of impeachment to the next phase.
In his statement behind closed doors in October, Sondland testified that he did not know if military aid to Ukraine had been paralyzed while waiting for local authorities to publicly commit to investigate Hunter biden. However, he assured congressmen that the efforts of the personal lawyer of Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, were "more insidious" over time and suggested that he could have acted illegallyl.
Sondland said it would be "indecent" that Trump's personal lawyer had pressured the Ukrainian authorities to investigate Hunter Biden and Joe Bidenpero, at the question of If he believed that his performance was illegal, he avoided pronouncing himself clearly. "I'm not a lawyer but I guess so".
Democratic congressmen in the House of Representatives they have spread the transcripts of the thirteen appearances made behind closed doorsa in the framework of the investigation of impeachment, to give way to the public declarations phase, which could begin next week.
Volker, Sondland and the US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, make up the so-called group of "three friends" responsible for managing the political relations of the United States with Ukraine, according to the CNN.
Text messages delivered by Volker to Congress by the impeachment show your contacts with Giuliani and with diplomats from the State Department, despite the fact that the former mayor of New York is not part of the Government and is Trump's personal lawyer.