Ambassador Gordon Sondland opened his public impeachment testimony by dropping Vice President Mike Pence into the middle of the Ukraine scandal, telling the House Intelligence Committee that he raised concerns about tying Ukraine security assistance to investigations.
At Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Sondland wasted little time in dropping a bomb on Pence.
During his opening statement, Sondland described a September 1 meeting in which he told Pence his concerns about the tying of aid to to investigations, and subsequently shared those concerns with Ukrainian aide Andriy Yermak.
“I mentioned to Vice President Pence before the meetings with the Ukrainians that I had concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations,” Sondland said, referencing the investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, as well as the conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 presidential election. Demands for those investigations are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.