November 8, 2019 | From The Washington Times
House Democrats gained momentum Tuesday for the impeachment inquiry when a key figure revised his testimony, telling Congress that he believed U.S. military aid to Ukraine was linked to an agreement to investigate President Trump’s Democratic political rivals.
Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, made the revelation in a sworn update to testimony he gave last month in the House Democrats’ closed-door impeachment inquiry.
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He previously testified that Mr. Trump was clear that there was no quid pro quo for releasing U.S. military aid. But in the update he sent to the committees Monday, Mr. Sondland said his memory had been refreshed and that he did tell Ukrainian officials that they likely needed to give Mr. Trump what he wanted to get U.S. funds flowing.
“I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak, where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would not likely occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Mr. Sondland said.
Andriy Yermak is a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The revised testimony went to the question that is the crux of the impeachment inquiry: Did Mr. Trump condition U.S. military aid for Ukraine on Kyiv’s investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, a top 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful?
(Excerpt from The Washington Times. Article by Gabriella Munoz.)