BREAKING: Trump Told Sondland, "I Want Nothing. I Want No Quid Pro Quo"
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On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland recalled a conversation that he had with President Donald Trump where the President told him that he wanted "nothing" from Ukraine and that he wanted "no quid pro quo."
“I finally called the president, I believe it was on the 9th of September, I can’t find the records and [the State Department] won’t provide them to me, but I believe I just asked him an open-ended question, Mr. Chairman,” Sondland said to House Intelligence Committe Chairman Adam Schiff.
Sondland revealed to Schiff that he asked President Trump: “What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories and this and that. What do you want?”
“It was a very short abrupt conversation, he was not in a good mood, and he just said, ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing,’ something to that effect,” Sondland said. “So I typed out a text to ambassador Taylor and my reason for telling him this was not to defend what the president was saying, not to opine on whether the president was being truthful or untruthful, but simply to relay I’ve gone as far as I can go. This is the final word that I heard from the president the United States.”
Sondland reiterated his point later on in the hearing when he told Schiff that President Trump said “no quid pro quo,” saying, “President Trump, when I asked him the open ended question, as I testified previously, ‘What do you want from Ukraine,” his answer was, “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing. That’s all I got from President Trump.”
While discussing a potential quid pro quo agreement regarding military aid to Ukraine, Sondland said “I don’t recall President Trump ever talking to me about any security assistance. Ever.”
He continued, “I did not hear directly from President Trump that the aid would be held up until the statement was made. I did not hear those words.”
“Did the president ever tell you personally about any preconditions for anything?” Republican counsel Steve Castor questioned.
“No,” Sondland replied.
“The president never you told about any preconditions for the aid to be released?” Castor said.
“No,” Sondland responded.
“The president never told about any preconditions for a White House meeting?” Castor continued to question.
“Personally, no,” Sondland stated.
Later on, Sondland confirmed that he never was told the aid was connected with anything however he assumed it was.
“No one told me directly that the aid was tied to anything. I was presuming it was," he said.
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