U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, one of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) star witnesses, testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, where the ambassador attempted to play both sides of the impeachment issue by initially testifying to his “presumption” of a “quid pro quo” involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine, only to later testify that Trump had explicitly said there was to be “no quid pro quo.”
In response, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) absolutely humiliated Sondland and destroyed the Democrats’ narrative on “quid pro quo” by noting several contradictions in the ambassador’s testimony — and pointing out that the purported “quid” that Ukraine was supposed to provide never occurred before that nation received the “quos” ostensibly being used as leverage.
No quid pro quo
In his opening statement and at various points in his testimony, Sondland stated that Ukraine had been expected to make a public announcement about opening an investigation into Burisma Holdings, a corrupt energy firm that placed Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, on its board of directors.
In exchange for that public announcement, Sondland asserted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would receive a phone call from Trump, a meeting at the White House, and a lift to temporarily withheld military aid.
“When did it happen?” Jordan asked without preface, prompting Sondland to reply: “When did what happen?”
“The announcement. When did President Zelensky announce that the investigation was [going to] happen?” Jordan pressed. The congressman went on to reference Sondland’s prior testimony — from his opening statement, later that day, and from his prior closed-door deposition — to point out all of the times the ambassador had asserted that there was a quid pro quo. “So I’m asking you, when did that happen?”
“Never did,” Sondland replied, to which Jordan emphatically agreed.
“The meeting that never happened”
“They got the call, July 25, they got the meeting — not in the White House but in New York — on Sept. 25, they got the money on Sept. 11,” Jordan noted of Ukraine. “When did the meeting happen again?” he asked the ambassador.
“It never did,” Sondland said. Jordan then pressed: “You don’t know who was in the meeting?”
At that point, Sondland sought to clarify: “Which meeting are you referring to?”
To great laughter from Sondland and the audience, Jordan said: “The meeting that never happened!” But Jordan wasn’t finished yet:
Do you know how Zelensky announced [the investigation]? Did he tweet it, did he do a press statement, did he do a press conference? Do you know how that happened? I mean, you got all three of them wrong — they get the call, they get the meeting, they get the money. It’s not two plus two, it’s [zero] for three. I’ve never seen anything like this.
Indeed, as Jordan noted, there was never any investigation into the Bidens by Ukraine — meaning, unfortunately for Dems, that no quid pro quo could have possibly taken place.
Take a look at Jordan’s passionate questioning of Sondland, courtesy of Fox News: