Trump denies ambassador’s evidence of ‘quid pro quo’ with Ukraine

Donald Trump has disputed evidence from the US ambassador to the EU that he wanted a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine that would see him offer a White House meeting in return for an investigation into Joe Biden.

Ambassador Gordon Sondland is giving evidence at the Trump impeachment inquiry.

He said he “followed the president’s orders” to work with Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on pressuring Ukraine into investigating political rival and former vice president Mr Biden.

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is sworn in
Image:US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is sworn in

He repeatedly referred to a quid pro quo – one thing in return for another – in describing the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine.

Mr Sondland has said it involved arranging a White House visit for Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in return for Mr Zelenskiy announcing investigations of Mr Biden and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

Mark Gibson

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

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