11.06.2019 0

Sondland ‘presumed’ military aid to Ukraine was ‘likely’ conditioned, doesn’t prove quid pro quo

Impeachment flops as Ambassador Sondland says he ‘presumed’ Ukrainian military assistance was ‘likely’ being conditioned, but nobody told him it was:

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland issued a new statement on Nov. 4 to the House Intelligence Committee that he “presumed” military assistance to Ukraine was “likely” being conditioned by the administration when he spoke to a Ukrainian presidential aide on Sept. 1, but that he “did not know… when, why, or by whom the aid was suspended…” On Aug. 28, Politico broke the story that the U.S. had decided to pause U.S. military assistance to Ukraine, days before a planned meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Warsaw, which is how Ukrainian officials had learned about it. Then the meeting in Warsaw happened, and the issuewas raised there by both Zelensky and afterward by his aide, Andriy Yermak. But if Sondland was “presuming” the aid was being leveraged, and told Ukrainian presidential aide Yermak that the military assistance would “likely” not resume until the statement had been issued, then he was guessing. Meaning, there was no quid pro quo. What do you think?

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