Ambassador Sondland was supposed to be one of the big dog witnesses for the Democrats in the impeachment hearings, but he wasn’t helpful at all, none of the witnesses have been as a matter of fact.
Sondland neglected to mention one of the most important bits of information he could possibly reveal pertaining to the whole incident in his opening statement. That’s that President Trump EXPLICITLY said when asked what he wanted, “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want him to do the right thing.”
Here is the brief exchange between Rep. Jordan and Ambassador Sondland.
Rep. Jordan: You said to the President of the United States, what do you want from Ukraine? The president said I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelenskyy to do the right thing. I want him to do what he ran on.
On what did he rum Ambassador Sondland?
Ambassador Sondland: Transparency.
Rep. Jordan: Transparency and dealing with corruption, right?
Ambassador Sondland: That’s right.
Rep. Jordan: Why didn’t you put that in your opening statement? I think you said you couldn’t fit it in. Is that right?
Ambassador Sondland: It wasn’t purposeful, trust me.
Rep. Jordan: It wasn’t purposeful? You couldn’t fit it in a 23-page opener. The most important statement about the subject matter at hand? The President of the United States in a direct conversation with you?
Let me read it one more time. What do you want from Ukraine, Mr. President? ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want no quid pro quo. I want this new guy, his party just took over, I want Zelenskyy to do the right thing.
I want him to do what he ran on which is to deal with corruption.
And you can’t find time to fit that into a 23-page opening statement?