DeLauro Statement on Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s Testimony
WASHINGTON, DC — (November 20, 2019) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after United States Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
“Today, Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed what the initial whistleblower and others who have testified have told us over the past two months: President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to jumpstart an investigation into a 2020 political opponent. His testimony, along with many others to date, show that President Trump intended to use the office of the Presidency for his own personal and political gain. Ambassador Sondland also put forward evidence that many members of President Trump’s inner circle—including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani—knew exactly what President Trump wanted. Foreign interference in United States elections is illegal, and withholding Congressionally-approved military aid for that purpose is bribery.”