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Official Said Trump's Ukraine Call Was 'Crazy'

09 October 2019

USA ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a pivotal witness in the Trump-Ukraine scandal, was reportedly directed to abstain from appearing just hours before his interview was scheduled to begin Tuesday morning. The investigators are interested in what the ambassador knew and what his role was in Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads the field of potential challengers to the Republican president.

"He stands ready to testify on short notice, whenever he is permitted to appear", Sondland's lawyer, Robert Luskin, said in a statement.

The Trump administration has blocked Gordon Sondland, President Trump's ambassador to the European Union, from testifying before Congress Tuesday.

The letter, published on Tuesday evening, condemned the impeachment initiative in the harshest terms yet, arguing it deprived President Trump of "constitutionally mandated due process", and that the inquiry lacked legal legitimacy, as it was never authorized by a House vote.

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Sondland is shown in the messages rejecting concerns from Taylor that Trump wanted the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation into the Bidens in exchange for financial aid. So subpoenas will be received by all of the people that the Congress wants to talk to.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said President Trump is "obstructing Congress from getting the facts" it needs in the impeachment inquiry after his administration blocked a U.S. diplomat from testifying before three committees.

"Our Constitution, the genius of it, is a system of checks and balances that we would have three separate co-equal branches of the government that would have checks and balances on the other", she told reporters in Seattle. Sondland had previously said on Ukrainian television that Trump had given him a "special assignment" to oversee relations between the two countries, the New York Times reported.

"The decision as to who will be elected president in 2020 should rest with the people of the United States, exactly where the Constitution places it", said the letter.

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The president, shortly after the announcement was made public, tweeted that he would "love" to have sent Sondland to sit for a Capitol Hill deposition. "Ambassador Sondland had previously agreed to appear voluntarily today, without the need for a subpoena, in order to answer the Committee's questions on an expedited basis". In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration can not participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.

Volker, one of the diplomats involved in the text exchanges, resigned from his part-time role before his testimony last week.

Marie Yovanovitch was recalled from the post and is scheduled to be deposed Friday. He resumed on Wednesday, calling for the person to be "exposed and questioned properly".

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Official Said Trump's Ukraine Call Was 'Crazy'