Sondland Confirms Quid Pro Quo In Updated Testimony | Deadline | MSNBC

Sondland Confirms Quid Pro Quo In Updated Testimony | Deadline | MSNBC

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  • And the GOP were complaining about closed door hearings of the investigation stage?! Sondland has confessed after initially lying and omitting and should forthwith be indicted after his lame excuse for doing so is rejected. As soon as this lying Trumpkin [Sondland] heard that others had recounted simple truth, he regained his memory? More like, he realised that his lies were outed and he could go to jail so he decided to confess! Reject excuse, indict for perjury, JAIL.

  • great to listen to john heilemann without him being interupted. thank you john heilemann. clarity. thank you nicole wallace.

  • Sondland's miraculous recovery of his memory may prevent his being charged with perjury but is unlikely to sway Republican senators who, like Lindsey Graham, have their fingers shoved in their ears and just keep chanting LALALALALALALALA between periodic moaning about the whistleblower.

  • 😳How many witnesses did the President have on the phone?! I thought u should do your dirt all by yourself! Maybe he's innocent?💅😅😂

  • So.. guess back to trying to convince us that bribery and extortion to exchange aid for dirt on a political opponent is somehow not an impeachable offense. Good luck with that comrades.

  • I know, this is needless to say but I feel the need to write it down: this presidency of Trump is totally rotten in its core! Everybody supporting him is co-responsible. There is a Dutch saying that says 'A people gets the leaders it deserves!'

  • There…CONFIRMED (again)! No more time or energy should be wasted trying to convince folk that there was a quid pro quo. We’re tired of hearing about it and Trump’s base doesn’t seem to care! It’s time to take this to the next level! Time to send a different message to the “Seeds of satan”! #ItsSHOWTIME!!!

  • Sonderland is the latest guy getting his integrity broken, reputation besmeared, and possibly large financial losses incurred thanks to his relationship with Donald Trump. What is a mystery to me is why anybody ever wanted to work with or for this guy? What is there that is so fascinating that even the strongest and wisest men get caught into his web of narcissistic criminality (a narcissist does not see it as criminal, by the way, for he is always right)?

  • Sondland turning on tRump is just the beginning. The next one will be Pompeo. The flood gates of people running for their lives from tRump has opened.

  • Trump was adamant "no quid pro quo" he repeated like a parrot obviously very important. Now he says it doesn't matter everybody does it ? At least he is predictable !

  • But no mention of the possibility of Sondland changing his recollections at the request of trump and how that could play out in trump's favor. Are all the witnesses going to have new recollections too? I mean, just thinking of all the possible shenanigans the con grifter in the W. H., or should I say Putin, might have up his sleeve.

  • I am across the pond from you all…

    What a joke this all seems to be…

    Oh my memory has failed, however I never lie…hahaha

  • And you have Lindsay Graham saying he won't read the impeachment transcripts anymore calling the process "BS". This is where we are. Tsp is real. Painfully real.

  • There is no honor among thieves. Crooks will always turn on each other to save themselves. This includes Pence. He's calculating. He's always evaluating the situation to see how he can stay above the fray and position himself in the event he needs to fill Trump's shoes. He's still a crook, no different than the rest of them. He's just better at keeping his corruption closer to the vest.

  • "Fact Check: No, Gordon Sondland Did Not Prove Ukraine ‘Quid pro Quo’ "

    by Joel Pollak 5 Nov 2019

    CLAIM: Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland confirmed, contrary to earlier testimony, that there had been a “quid pro quo” between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian government: military aid for “dirt.”
    VERDICT: FALSE. Sondland said that he “presumed” there was a “quid pro quo.” But he did not have any first-hand knowledge of one, and other witnesses have testified that there was no such “quid pro quo” at all.

    The House Intelligence Committee began releasing transcripts this week of its behind-closed-doors interviews with witnesses in the “impeachment inquiry.” On Tuesday, it released the transcripts of the appearances of Sondland and former Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker.

    Volker testified that there had never been a “quid pro quo” — that he had never heard one discussed, and that Ukrainian officials seemed unaware of any such arrangement at all.

    But Sondland, who had also testified earlier that there was no “quid pro quo,” had to amend that testimony after he was apparently contradicted by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who testified last month that he believed there was a “quid pro quo,” under which the Trump administration was withholding key military aid to Ukraine unless it investigated alleged corruption related to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

    In a supplemental declaration filed with the committee, Sondland said that “by the beginning of September 2019, and in the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid,” he “presumed that the [Ukraine] aid suspension had become linked to the proposed anti-corruption statement” and the investigation of the Bidens. That led him to tell the Ukrainian government that “resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur” until it complied.

    But there are two big logical leaps in Sondland’s statement.

    The first is that he only “presumed” there was a “quid pro quo” — that is, he did not have direct knowledge of one.

    The second is that he told the Ukrainians that a “quid pro quo” was “likely” — that is, he did not know with certainty.

    In their rush to accuse the Trump administration of wrongdoing, Democrats and the media have overlooked one other key fact: the crucial August 2019 Politico article.

    The article, “Trump holds up Ukraine military aid meant to confront Russia,” dated August 28, was the first that the Ukrainians ever knew about any withholding of aid — five weeks after the phone call between Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky which supposedly prompted the so-called “whistleblower” to approach Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Sondland refers specifically to September.

    Therefore what changed his — and others’ — impression was not anything the administration (or its representatives) did or said. Rather, it was the media.

    Since Sondland consumes the same media that everyone else does — indeed, it is part of a diplomat’s job to know what is being said — he drew his own conclusions. But when he asked President Trump directly, Trump told him there was no “quid pro quo”: he just wanted Zelensky to do “the right thing.”

    All of this presumes there is something wrong with a “quid pro quo.” But even that seems untrue. In fact, “quid pro quo” arrangements are normal in diplomacy. A House bill passed recently by Democrats would establish a “quid pro quo” that bars Russia from access even to private U.S. funds until it can be shown not to have interfered in U.S. elections. Trump, Democrats say, sought his personal or political interest; it also happened to be a national interest.

    For years, Democrats defended the investigations of President Barack Obama’s administration into then-candidate Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign by arguing that the country had to know if a major candidate was corrupt or compromised by a foreign power.

    That investigation may have been conducted in an unlawful manner — and a grand jury is now on the case — but the logic they used then is even more appropriate to Ukraine and the Bidens.

    Hunter Biden’s role as a go-between for Burisma — a Ukrainian gas company suspected of corruption — and his father’s administration has never been fully investigated. The so-called “whistleblower” worked for Biden at the time; that conflict of interest, too, has never been explored.

    If Trump had demanded a “quid pro quo,” he would have been doing his job. As it is, there is no evidence of a “quid pro quo” — certainly not from Gordon Sondland.

  • This evocation is seriously complicated. So crazy that Sondland should be taken by armed guards into POTUS dwelling, strap him down onto the large chair, pin his eyelids back, shine a bright heated light onto his face, turn the environment heat way up and ask him….WHO'S YOUR DADDY!!!! Sondland replies, Sorry sir, was this bad timing??

  • Sonland should go to jail , any common Joe do what Sonland did will go to jail . If we believe JUSTICE is blind lock him up . By the way is Micheal Flynn in jail ? If NOT why ?

  • Too nice is exactly right. Not wanting to call it as it is is the reason we have this going on now. If it were a drug dealer there wouldn't be such nicities but aren't we talking about something of greater importance? So shouldn't we be more direct?

  • How to turn a Republican honest:- let him realise that he could face perjury charges. The standard response:- "Sorry I forgot before. I remember now!"

  • "You mean THAT quid pro quo? OOOOHH, now WAIT a minute! Now you come to mention it, I DO remember something about that. Now… Let me see…..Something about Ukraine, maybe? Yeah, that's it…. Ukraine! It's all coming back to me now! Golly-Gee, fellas, me and my memory! Don't worry about me guys…Senior moment, he,he,he, I couldn't even find my socks this morning!"

  • I get the feeling trump despised sodland and saw him as a mere pauper whose million dollar campaign contribution would be used up as he was ground up as the diplomat to Ukraine needed to advance trumps crimes of extortion

  • Can a lawyer comment on this? : (in America) Statements are taken behind closed doors to ensure that witness statements can not be changed/aligned…etc with other peoples to ensure that what they have said is the truth (to them). If Sondland, this slime in human form, changes his testimony, can they use the 'transparency' as evidence of statement tampering and discredit the other witnesses? Is that what they are trying to do?

  • Quid pro quos are irrelevant in this case .just soliciting any investigation is a crime .§30121. Contributions and donations by foreign nationals

    (a) Prohibition

    It shall be unlawful for-
    (1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make-
    (A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;
    (B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or
    (C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 30104(f)(3) of this title); or

    (2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national.

  • Contempt of Congress is defined in statute, 2 U.S.C.A. § 192, enacted in 1938, which states that any person who is summoned before Congress who "willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry" shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and 12 month imprisonment.

  • Sondland is an example of the ‘quality’ people trump hires! Trump is only interested in hiring people without any integrity, and who will support his corruption! That is why he thinks he hires “only the best people”, because “best people”, to him, ONLY means people who will protect him, do his dirty work, and take the fall for him when caught out!

  • Sondland must have saw in his mind the frame at this video's @2:18 mark and saw, rather than a blue suit, an orange suit.

  • Republicans and trump have been attacking the constitution and the rule of law since day one of trumps presidency. Fact .trump and Republicans agree that the constitution is phoney.

  • The rats Donnie has been feeding are all rejecting the bait and now scurrying to get the word out that everything he’s been feeding them is tainted.

  • The Donald is the only one with the Teflon coating. We've seen this before, if you lie for him, then you go down hard. Bon voyage, "Ambassador" Sondland; enjoy your toilet wine and precious ramen noodles, in federal prison.

  • When inevitably facing god to pay for his sins, billionaire Donald j. will be one penny short STUGOTZ, zilch!
    I really feel bad for Zielinski and Vice president Pence now after being forced to live for the boss. Michael Richard Pence had just been following Commander in Chief's orders. MINKIA

  • Your network is such Fake News! Why aren't you concerned that we are getting this from transcripts and not watching the whole thing on TV.. You stink at investigating, your just plain Phony! Learn to code.

  • When do rabbis post about the behavior of their fellow Jews?
    It's funny how both Catholic & Jewish leaders never come out and speak to the sleeziness of their flock.

  • tRumpty Dumpty stared at his wall,
    while Nanci Pelosi impeached his phone call,
    all Putin's hackers and Xi Jinping's men,
    couldn't get tRumpty elected again.

  • Trump sent American polling data to Russian intelligence, has subverted American foreign policy to favour Russia's foreign policy, and hired Russian thugs to do his bidding in Ukraine. What's not to like.

  • It's amazing what a possible perjury charge can do for someone's memory. Sondland is slowly getting it through head that his 1 Million purchase of an Ambassadorship may be the worst 'investment' he ever made.

  • Just think about it they spent trillions of dollar to build and stockpiled atomic weapons to damage. Other nations…….. and what do you know just one phone call is destroying the United States of America.

  • And this is the very reason dems held the investigation in private like every other investigator on earth. When it's private you dont know what someone might have said about you.

  • Anyone involved in this wants to be the first one to fall on their sword, beg forgiveness and attempt to move on…..otherwise the penitentiary is the alternative.

  • So the slime ball cracked.The rats are finally turning. Look out trump your in trouble.The name calling will start today.I don’t know Sondlands you will have to ask my lawyers. Just wait for it people.

  • Stop saying Quid Pro Quo…say Trump ask the Ukraine government to help him cheat, lie and gather information about the Biden's to help him win the 2020 election. The network's need to hammer these simple terms to the American people.

  • The point of the privacy of the hearings was that witnesses shouldn't compare notes,they should tell the truth the first time! Sondland justified that policy with this behavior. Have never seen an administration that has hired so many men with such severe memory problems,time for an epidemiology study by the CDC ?

  • These people with Trump are under tremendous Manipulation & control. Witchcraft & Jezebel Spirit DT operates in. The Republicans are under his spell as well in the Congress and Senate. Smh

  • I repeat. Don’t forget the subject that you are trying to lie and coverup". Trump’s very fine pick. 😆😅😂🤣

  • I adore Nicole for having a wonderful heart both inside and out, being a very independent woman, coming from a same republican upbringing that I have yet she sees and promotes the truth being for America, the citizens and the country. It's seems republicans such as Nicole and I are a minority that supports the Democrats as they move forward with this Impeachment doing right for the country , constitution and national security. She is very beautiful both inside and out for everyone. I am truly gutted and I am sure Nicole feels the same way that Trump has totally destroyed our party but in the same sense, it does not matter what party it is, the party does not matter but what does matter is to run the country legally based on our constitution.

    Based on all these transcripts proving illegal and wrong doing from the Trump Adminstration, I could only hope & pray other republicans see the wrong doing that Nicole & I have as fellow republicans to stand with the Democrats on removing the corruption and illegal activity from the whitehouse. This all will get worse for Trump week by week and I encourage fellow republicans not to take Trump's words on things, but as Trump supporters put on the tee shirts, " READ THE TRANSCRIPTS " and if you do this yourself, you should compare it to the laws of the country and you will see Trump did unethical and illegal activities. To Nicole, with having a similar background to your upbringing, you have a outstanding fan with me. You are a wonderful woman both inside and out. ♥️

  • Sondland should be arrested for perjury,that means he lied in the first testimony.You can`t get a do over in sworn testimony,he convenientky remember what the Dems want him to renember under threats. He should be locked up,he say he said it to that Ukranian.Pres.Trump did not say it.

  • With Putin on the east and Trump extorting on the west, Ukraine is truly surrounded. In the middle 1990's Ukraine gave up thousands of nuclear devices in exchange for security assurances from Russia and America. Et Tu Brutus?

  • Well, I hope that on the off chance that the Senate would actually vote to convict and remove trump, that enough comes out to do the same to Pence. For the life of me, I can't understand anyones excitement to remove trump, knowing that a much more conservative and much more competent pence would take his place. Trumps awful, obviously, but hes so impulsive that this White House is incredibly transparent. Pence and any other establishment approved president means this kind of thing and much worse happens, but they know how to keep it secret. The know how to speak eloquently, so Americans think everything is fine for the most part, when it's not, and we allow corruption and immorality to go unchecked

  • The US sends Ukraine military aid (millions of dollars), some top Ukrainian politicians pocket some of it and use some of that same aid money to buy weapons from US companies that have ties to some US politicians,meaning those politicians get their cut too….. nice AID transaction indeed.

  • Trump was trying to get Ukraine to take the blame for the DNC break in, to get Russia off the hook. The FBI proves Russia was to blame. That fact says a lot about Trump, and what he's doing to protect Putin, doesn't it. He doesn't accept reality, for his beloved country, Russia.

  • If Trump never openly said on the phonecall that he was withholding aid – and if the president of Ukraine says he didn't feel threatened during the call – where's the 'quid pro quo?'
    Answer: There isn't one!
    Yet CNN keeps feeding us this lie every day!

  • A 1 million write-off. The best business decision, to avoid criminal charges. The next is to step down as ambassador to the EU.

  • After all who needs to worry about terrorists against America, all you need to do is to make one phone call, they will destroy themselves. Good job.

  • Sondland has an 'opinion' -so do I! My opinion is that Schiff is a Russian agent with Chinese financing and Iranian support!

  • Even cnn now knows nothing is going to happen.
    Jake tapper is smart
    Finally telling the truth
    First he did a segment on 5 battle ground state. All 5 didn’t even mention impeachment
    It’s a Washington thing for msnbc.
    Also Trump beats most democrats. Maybe that’s why democrats are thinking Hillary Clinton. Hahahahaha
    Second segment. There’s a lot out there for impeaching Trump but that’s never going to happen.
    Tapper is smart start telling the truth now because after Trump wins next year cnn will have to change their format or go out of business.
    Half of the hosts on cnn will try to go to msnbc.
    Msnbc will be the only storyteller station left.

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