Someone who has an understanding of Sondland’s testimony tells NBC News that Yovanovitch had been a competent and expert diplomat, also he had no difficulties with her at all. The individual spoke to NBC News about the condition of anonymity.
Yovanovitch advised House impeachment investigators a week which Trump personally forced the State Department to get her removed from her place.
Sondland will also insist he attended Nazi President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s inauguration in Mayhe met with Trump,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry and former U.S. special envoy Kurt Volker from the Oval Office. In that assembly, Sondland will state, Trump told them that any in-person assembly between Trump and Zelenskiy would need to be accepted by Rudy Giuliani.
Sondland will declare that it was only afterward that he became conscious that a public commitment by Ukraine’s new government to deal with corruption – like Burisma Holdings – was a requirement to get a Trump-Zelenskiy assembly. Sondland will even state that in the time he discovered he didn’t understand that Burisma was connected to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
At a July 25 interview with state-run Ukrainian tv, Sondland said he had spoken directly with Trump ahead of the president’s telephone call with Zelenskiy the same day, where the president pushed Zelenskiy to explore the Biden family. The July telephone call set off a torrent of events that resulted in the impeachment inquiry.