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Trump news – live: Released impeachment testimony describes Ukraine quid pro quo, as White House chief of staff called to testify

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We now have excerpts from Gordon Sondland’s testimony online provided by the House committees spearheading an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. Here are some of the most explosive quotes: 

 

“You know, this whole thing was sort of a continuum, starting at the May 23rd meeting, ending up at the end of the line when the transcript of the call came out. And as I said to counsel, it started as talk to Rudy, then others talk to Rudy. Corruption was mentioned. Then, as time went on—and, again, I can’t nail down the dates—then let’s get the Ukrainians to give a statement about corruption. And then, no, corruption isn’t enough, we need to talk about the 2016 election and the Burisma investigations. And it was always described to me as ongoing investigations that had been stopped by the previous administration and they wanted them started up again. That’s how it was always described. And then finally at some point I made the Biden-Burisma connection, and then the transcript was released. So I can’t tell you on that continuum when, what dates, but that’s kind of what happened.”

 

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“It kept—it kept getting more insidious as [the] timeline went on, and back in July, it was all about just corruption.”

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