ABC News reports:
The U.S. ambassador to the European Union will tell Congress that President Donald Trump directed him and others to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine to announce investigations, but that he was in the dark on the extent of Giuliani’s efforts and the political motive behind it, according to his opening statement obtained by ABC News.
Sondland will say that he, former special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, while “disappointed,” had no choice but to work with Giuliani to do that: “The key to changing the President’s mind on Ukraine was Giuliani. My understanding was that the President directed Mr. Giuliani’s participation, that Mr. Giuliani was expressing the concerns of the President.”
Sondland will say that he did not know the political nature of those investigations, that Giuliani never discussed the Biden’s with him, and that he didn’t know the Biden connection to Burisma — insinuating that if he did, he would have opposed the effort.
#BREAKING: In opening statement we obtained, Gordon Sondland will testify that Trump put on hold effort to strengthen relations with Ukraine until top US officials were in contact with Giuliani, who had been pursuing investigation into the Bidens and 2016 elections. On @CNN now
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 17, 2019