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"On Wednesday morning, EU ambassador Gordon Sondland decided to save himself. In dramatic testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Sondland — a Donald Trump appointee who gave the president $1 million for his inaugural party — gave up the president and pretty much everyone else.

Like former ambassador Kurt Volker on Tuesday, Sondland painted a picture of himself as a hapless naïf, unaware that the proposed "investigations" Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, kept demanding from Ukrainian leaders were actually an effort to fabricate conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic officials.

It's not a likely story. Giuliani was, at the time, talking up this conspiracy theory to anyone who would listen, including New York Times reporter Ken Vogel. But it really doesn't matter. Because, in his effort to save himself, Sondland had to rat out huge chunks of the senior staff at the White House, including President Trump himself.

"We followed the president’s orders," Sondland said, in a statement full of these blunt statements that fit beautifully in headlines.

"Everyone was in the loop," Sondland said of the scheme to extort Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky into making public statements to back Trump's conspiracy theories.

"A lot of senior officials," he noted, naming names: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and their respective staffs — and he brought emails to back these accusations up. Pompeo, in particular, is implicated in discussions about the specific language they wished Zelensky to use in order to stoke lies about Biden.

Sondland also threw Vice President Mike Pence under the bus, saying he spoke with the veep before a Sept. 1 meeting "with the Ukrainians" and explicitly told Pence "that I had concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations."

Lest there be any doubt, Sondland made quite clear that he knew for a fact that Trump had explicitly demanded a quid pro quo of Zelensky's public announcement in exchange for a White House meeting." (More)
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