President Donald Trump’s alleged declaration to Amb. Gordon Sondland in a Sept. 9 phone call that Trump wanted no quid pro quo with Ukraine, a centerpiece in the president’s impeachment defense, is being questioned as the conversation has only been corroborated by Sondland and Trump, reports The Washington Post.
The White House has not located a record of the call in its switchboard logs, according to an administration official who spoke to the Post, and other witnesses say Trump in another call with Sondland actually relayed a specific demand Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy personally and publicly announce investigations into Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Then-National Security Council official Tim Morrison in testimony before the House said he told acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor Jr. he had a bad feeling about the call. He told lawmakers he “did not think it was a good idea for the Ukrainian president to . . . involve himself in our politics” and also reported Sondland to White House lawyers for his inaccurate description of the conversation, per the Post.
“There is a big question mark there,” Julian Epstein, the former chief counsel for Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during the Clinton impeachment, told the Post regarding Sondland’s testimony. “It’s possible Sondland is misremembering.”