It’s Day 57 of the Impeachment Inquiry.
It’s Day 4 of the public Impeachment Inquiry hearings. Appearing in the morning session is Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who so far has testified that not only was there a quid pro quo, but that nobody was out of the loop about the quid pro quo.
Gordon Sondland said he “came to believe” that military aid to Ukraine was frozen until there was a public statement by new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pledging to investigate debunked conspiracy theories that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and Burisma. pic.twitter.com/eR1UuYhSZO— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 20, 2019
Senior U.S. diplomat Gordon Sondland testified that President Trump expressly ordered him and others to help pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival, providing some of the most significant testimony to date in the #impeachmenthearings https://t.co/8TcmhmwdFQ pic.twitter.com/5O1RxTR9Gx— Reuters (@Reuters) November 20, 2019
Departing the White House President Trump reportedly quoted from Sondland’s testimony, but did not answer any questions from South Lawn reporters.
.@POTUS is now standing on South Lawn reading – from handwritten notes – quotes from Sondland testimony: pic.twitter.com/9LqG1k4Bpt— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) November 20, 2019
That was the second page he flips to. He says it’s his response to Sondland. First is below. (And I’m assuming the very talented still photographers in the White House press corps got better shots than my iPhone did.) POTUS did not answer any questions – he’s now on his way to TX pic.twitter.com/MzdHAw8aF4— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) November 20, 2019
After quoting Sondland’s testimony, Trump turns and walks to Marine One without taking any questions. Right before, he said he barely knows Sondland, who donated $1 million to his inauguration and has flown on Air Force One.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 20, 2019
As a reminder.
I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019
….to see. Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, “I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.” That says it ALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019
Prior to the bombshell driving the bus over the top White House leadership testimony from Sondland, the President tweeted 5 times. He has since retweeted 4 times.
Read the transcripts! https://t.co/gQxYzjWehV— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019
To read the memorandum of the April 21st call you can do so here.
To read the memorandum of the July 25th call you can do so here.
To read transcripts from prior witness testimony you can do so @ Just Security.
True. Great job @RepMikeTurner! https://t.co/T0AdyNLuVb— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019
The three year Hoax continues! https://t.co/Yht2KQb5aW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019
I tried to locate the poll last night, but was unable to, as Watters does not cite his source.
“White House Confidence Grows As Hearings Wear On.” @WashTimes This is just an attempted takedown of the Republican Party by the Do Nothing Democrats. It will never work. #2020— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019
It’s worked so far, in 2018, the Democrats regained control of the House. In 2019, President backed candidates have lost to Democrats. Who knows what 2020 brings?
Nancy Pelosi will go down as the least productive Speaker of the House in history. She is dominated by AOC Plus 3 and the Radical Left. Mexico and Canada, after waiting for 6 months to be approved, are ready to flee – and who can blame them? Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019
Reuters reported that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last week believed a deal between the House and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, however, following a meeting with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Monday that a deal can only be reached once the Trade Representative makes the USMCA agreement enforceable for American’s workers.
Speaking with Union members on Monday, according to excerpts reviewed by Reuters Trumka said that getting the USMCA deal done right was more important than speed.
Getting this done right is more important than getting it done fast. So until the administration can show us in writing that the new NAFTA is truly enforceable, with stronger labor standards, there is still more work to be done.Trumka via Reuters.
This post will be updated within reason.