Sondland Explodes Trump Impeachment Defense

UPDATE #3: Amber Phillips of The Washington Post has the same takeaway from today’s hearing:

Gordon Sondland has been considered a figure who could crack the impeachment inquiry wide open. Not just because he was the witness directly talking to President Trump about Ukraine but also because of who he is: a Republican and Trump donor, a high-profile ambassador unanimously confirmed by the Republican Senate.

And despite his background as a Trump ally — the president last month called him “a very good guy and a great American” — in his opening statement Wednesday, Sondland stepped on nearly all of Republicans’ primary defenses for the president.

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UPDATE #2: President Trump delivers some (kinda) prepared remarks. Via CNN:

This is not a joke.

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UPDATE: Check out Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee, sharing a concerned look with House Republican attorney Steve Castor:


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Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland is testifying publicly today in the impeachment hearings against President Trump, and he’s slamming the door shut on Trump’s defense. Read all about it at The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, Politico

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  1. 2Jung2Die2Jung2Die says:

    Clearly the work of radical liberal hoards

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    Has Fox signed off the air? Will we see a test pattern when we turn to that station?

  3. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Sondland was in the Jeb Bush camp and a #NeverTrumper.  You have to think Barbara Bush is smiling from above this morning 😂

  4. RepealAndReplace says:

    I expect we will soon be told that Sondland was a Never Trumper who was a JEB! mole planted in the Trump administration courtesy of his large donation to the inaugural events planning committee. This was all part of a plot cooked up George Sr. and Babs in Kennebunkport over Christmas 2016 to punish Trump for humiliating JEB! and Shrub.

    Yeah, that's the story…..

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      I’d really like to have them gin up the #NeverTrumper claim cuz we’ve got a home-grown Senator in our midst who can give us first-hand accounts of just how trustworthy and loyal they can be. 

  5. MADCO says:

    Yes, Mr. Chairman I committed a felony.
    Yes, I discussed it with others and helped conceal it.

    Yes, later, I called a meeting to discuss the felony and to plan how to continue concealing it and to.
    No, I don't recall that other thing.
     

    Nothing happened.
    If it did, it wasn't illegal.
    If it was- others did it before. And I wasn't directly involved. maybe an intern.
    Ok- no one did it before. I was directly involved.
    But it's not impeachable.
    And even if it is – her emails.  

    All we got left is the last.
    It will include Ben Ghazi. And Vince Foster. And accusations of Obama shirking in cowardice because he wasn't in the Oval during 911. And on and on.

    I can't believe Sonderland made money. Did he buy a hotel across the street form where Disneyland got announced? How much did he inherit?
    FG – he's an ambassador to anywhere?

    Rudy should get indicted. Was he caerful enought o only hire foreign talent and only meet outside the southern district country?

    And whattabout Stone?
    Flynn?
    and the host of criminals and unfit people.

    I hope that one of them  – not the Lt Colonel from the NSC – gets a radio show and then later is president of the NRA.

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  6. unnamed says:

    This second update is as WTF?!?! inducing as his letter to the President of Turkey.

  7. RepealAndReplace says:

    Has anyone heard from Powerful Pear today? Should someone do a welfare check on him?

    At least Moderatus is too stupid to appreciate how bad all of this looks for his team.

  8. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    Watching parts of the hearing and seeing Republican (Trump) talking points, I am, as usual, confused. The Repubs and Trump are latching onto the call from Trump to Sondland in which Trump said "I want nothing. No quid pro quo. I want Ukraine to do the right thing."  That call occurred on September 9, the same day it was reported that the House Intelligence Committee was investigating Giuliani's efforts to pressure Ukraine to assist Trump's reelection campaign. 

    The phone call is not exculpatory, it is incriminating. It is damning. As soon as Trump realized the jig was up, he went into denial mode. It is proof that he knew what he was doing was wrong. Am I missing something?

  9. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Notice the spilling of Zelensky's name in the Sharpie® memo.

  10. Diogenesdemar says:

    ROFL
     

    Not my little Milk Dud! He’s innocent!

    pic.twitter.com/MmoXnkQeY1

     

    — Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) November 21, 2019

  11. ajb says:

    So Trump quotes his own phone call "no quid pro quo".

    Does anyone anywhere think that Trump knew what "quid pro quo" meant before that phone call with Sondland? This is a guy that speaks with the vocabulary of a standard poodle. He had to have been briefed prior to that call.

    And telling Zelensky to "do the right thing"? Seriously?

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