We finally heard from Gordon Sondland this morning, the hapless hotelier who bought the European Union ambassadorship with a $1 million donation to Trump’s inauguration and now finds himself smack in the middle of an impeachment probe. At times on the national stage, he seemed goofy and uncomfortable in his role as a John Dean figure. But at other times, in grudging detail, he told the underside of the Ukraine story which implicates Donald Trump to the charge of abuse of power. He outlined his direct talks with Trump about matters related to the quid pro quo.
Yesterday we watched the compelling testimony of Lt. Col Vindman. Last week we heard from Ambassador Yovanovitch. They are both exceptionally talented people who have served our nation honorably. Their backgrounds speak volumes about their professional responsibilities, and as such their gravitas was not in doubt when they told the Intelligence Committee what they knew.
Now, once again, after today’s testimony, we have more direct evidence from Sondland corroborating their testimony, and also stating, in no uncertain terms, that Trump directed the bribery scheme, vis-a-vis Ukraine. But if you listen to Trump at the White House, well…..he appointed a man “he didn’t know very well” to an important and sensitive ambassadorship to the European Union.
I so yearn for an intelligent person to again sit in the Oval Office.
Let me most candid. The Intelligence Committee needs to hear from Pence, Pompeo, Mulvaney, Bolton, and Perry. If any or all refuse to testify, then I think the Committee would be justified in assuming that their testimony would do nothing to contradict that of the witnesses who have testified.
There is a growing pile of evidence that crimes were committed. Sondland confirmed that the line of accountability ends in the White House. Let this imposter of a presidency come to an end. The nation deserves nothing less.