The White House had good reason to be worried about this witness

It was a bombshell day, a blockbuster moment.

Gordon Sondland was the witness the White House was most worried about and they had a reason to be concerned.

The EU Ambassador (who is still employed as I write) knifed most of the administration. It was a stunning turnaround for a man who had invested $1m in Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. This was not a so-called Never Trumper (as some other witnesses has been accused of being). There was a quid pro quo, he insisted and everyone from Donald Trump, to the vice president and the secretary of state Mike Pompeo knew about it.

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A few minutes before his 23-page opening statement, the US networks caught wind of what he was going to say. In the press seats, computers were buzzing with the alerts – it was a pivotal U-turn – evidence from an insider that would be seen as the most damaging yet.

Once he was sworn in, Mr Sondland not only explained how and who was involved in withholding aid, but he also undermined a key Republican defence.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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