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Game Over: Rep. Turner Gets Amb. Sondland to Admit He “Presumed” That Trump Tied Aid to Investigation Request

 

FoxNews.com reports that

GOP Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, hammered America’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, during Wednesday’s testimony, seizing on Sondland’s admission that he never heard the president or anyone else in the White House explicitly link Ukrainian aid with the opening of an investigation into 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., applauded his colleague on producing “the real bombshell” of Sondland’s long-anticipated testimony and marked the moment as “game over,” for the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. That inquiry is focusing on an alleged quid pro quo between President Trump and Ukraine linking military aid and White House access to Ukraine probes beneficial to Trump.

During a fiery exchange, Turner focused on the Republican Party’s main defense of Trump, asking Sondland: “Is that your testimony today, Mr. Sondland? That you have evidence that Donald Trump tied the investigation to the aid? Because I don’t think you’re saying that.”

Sondland admitted that he was “presuming” the stalled military aid was linked to Trump allegedly asking  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens’ financial interests in Ukraine.

“So no one told you,” Turner pressed on. “Not just the president. Giuliani didn’t tell you, Mulvaney didn’t tell you. Nobody. Pompeo didn’t tell you. Nobody else on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying aid to these investigations. Is that correct?”

The congressman cut Sondland off, restating his point: “No one on this planet told you that Donald Trump was tying this aid to the investigations, because if your answer is yes, then the chairman is wrong and the headline on CNN is wrong. No one on this planet told you that President Trump was tying aid to investigations. Yes or no?”

“Yes,” Sondland replied.

“So, you really have no testimony today that ties President Trump to a scheme to withhold aid from Ukraine in exchange for these investigations?” Turner asked.

“Other than my own presumption,” Sondland said.

Throughout Wednesday’s testimony, Sondland insisted that although he never explicitly heard the president or anyone in the administration demand investigations in exchange for aid, he never got a clear answer on why the aid was held up. He said the absence of a clear explanation led him to believe that the aid and the investigations were being linked.

Turner dismissed Sondland’s “presumption” as “nothing” and called his testimony “made up.”

“You know what hearsay evidence is, ambassador?” Turner said. “Hearsay is when I testify what someone else told me. Do you know what made-up testimony is? Made-up testimony is when I just presume it. I mean you’re just assuming all of these things and then you’re giving them the evidence that they’re running out and doing press conferences and CNN’s headline is saying that you’re saying the president of the United States should be impeached because he tied aid to investigations — and you don’t know that. Correct?”

“I never said the president of the United States should be impeached,” Sondland responded.

Still, Sondland’s earlier testimony to the committee linked the potential Ukraine investigations and a White House meeting and call between Trump and Zelensky. He said Giuliani played an integral, if not unconventional, role in those arrangements — and he said he explicitly expressed his fears about an inappropriate quid pro quo.

“I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?” Sondland said. “As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.”

Ambassador Sondland wanted to have his cake and eat it too, yesterday.

Just like the Professional Bureaucrats who have already publically testified in the Schiff Show, Sondland truly believes that he and his fellow bureaucrats dictate American Foreign Policy and not their boss, the President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump.

Speaking of arrogance, did you hear about what Nancy Pelosi said on Monday?

“The weak response to these hearings has been, ‘Let the election decide’. That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because POTUS is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections.’”

In other words, San Fran Nan does not believe that we average Americans, or “Deplorables” are too stupid to do “the right thing” on Election Day 2020 and vote a democrat into the Oval Office.

I find the imperious attitude of the Democrats and Professional Bureaucrats hauntingly familiar.

Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France during the French Revolution. She has gone down in history as the arrogant monarch who, when told the peasants were starving because they had no bread, said “let them eat cake.”  Marie was despised by the French citizenry for her foreign birth and extravagant lifestyle.   While today,  most scholars dismiss the quote as phony revolutionary propaganda, Marie was truthfully known to have been an out-of-control spender as a young queen. The daughter of Francis I and Maria Theresa, Emperor and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, Marie left Austria for France in 1770 to marry the prince of France. In 1774 the prince became King Louis XVI and Marie became queen. The king and queen tried to flee as revolution swept Paris in 1789, but were captured. Marie and Louis XVI were kept as prisoners at the palace at Tuileries, while the revolutionaries tried to figure out what kind of government France was going to have.  They were arrested and charged with treason in 1792.  Louis was beheaded on 21 January 1793 and Marie was beheaded months later, on 16 October 1793.

The arrogance of  the French Ruling Class led to their downfall.

The arrogance displayed by the Democrats will, once again, just like it did in 2016, lead to their defeat in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Some people never learn.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 
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