When asked if the “only logical conclusion” is that the military aid was part of the quid pro quo Sondland was describing, he responded: “Yup.”.
Sondland emphasized that he never heard those words from Trump, but that after multiple conversations with the president about Ukraine, Trump’s intentions were clear to him.
“It was abundantly clear to everyone that there was a link” between military aid and investigations, he added.
Ukraine, lawmakers have noted, depends on military assistance from the U.S. to fight a war with Russia, which has invaded and attempted to annex Crimea.
Sondland attributed much of his concern to Trump's “directive” that his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani be involved in any Ukraine effort.
Mr. Giuliani demanded that Ukraine make a public statement announcing investigations of the 2016 election/DNC server and Burisma.”.
Wednesday’s hearing was Sondland’s third attempt at providing a complete account of his role in the unfolding Ukraine saga. »