Gordon D. Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, admits that he was involved in dealing a quid pro quo to Ukraine. Realizing that the military aid to Ukraine was being conditioned on certain requests, he had helped urge Ukrainians to follow through with the investigations demanded by Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Unlike with previous figures speaking out against Trump’s behavior, Sondland’s admission of quid pro quo stands out because Sondland was somebody that supported Trump and donated to his campaign. This will make it difficult for Trump and the Republicans to paint Sondland’s actions as biased against Trump, which they have done with previous figures, most notably James Comey.

Here is what Congress had to say about it on Twitter:

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D)

Everyone is now in agreement Gordon Sondland told a top aide to Zelensky on Sept 1 that resumption of US aid would likely not occur unless Ukraine committed to the investigations Trump wanted.

SONDLAND: I now recall speaking individually with (ZELENSKY AIDE) Mr. Yermak, where I said the resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks…

Rep. Andy Briggs (R)

The Volker/Sondland transcripts lay it out: @realDonaldTrump wanted to clean up corruption in Ukraine, and ensure taxpayer funded aid wasnt going to corrupt causes.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D)

Transcripts from Ambassadors Sondland and Volker show the progression of Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine into the service of his own personal political goals, in what Sondland described as a continuum of insidiousness.

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