Home / ENGLISH / Maloney hammers Sondland on changing testimony — and extracts key concession

Maloney hammers Sondland on changing testimony — and extracts key concession

David Knowles

In a tense exchange at Wednesday’s impeachment hearing of President Trump, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., grilled Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, over his changing testimony on what he understood about Trump’s motivation in seeking an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“Who would benefit from an investigation of the Bidens?” Maloney asked after an extended back-and-forth with Sondland on that point.

“I assume President Trump would benefit —” Sondland said.

“There we have it!” Maloney interrupted. “See? Didn’t hurt a bit, did it? Didn’t hurt a bit. But let me ask you something —”

It was then Sondland’s turn to interrupt. “Mr. Maloney —”

“Hold on, sir,” Maloney responded.

“Excuse me, I’ve been very forthright and I really resent what you’re trying to do —”

“Fair enough. You’ve been very forthright. This is your third try to do so, sir,” Maloney said, referencing Sondland’s original deposition last month, which he subsequently amended after transcripts were released of additional testimony that contradicted it on some points. “Didn’t work so well the first time, did it? We had a little declaration come in after, do you remember that? And now we’re here a third time and we’ve got a doozy of a statement from you this morning. There’s a whole bunch of stuff that you don’t recall, so all due respect, sir, we appreciate your candor, but let’s be really clear on what it took to get it out of you.”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., questions Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., questions Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

Sondland offered no response.

“So my question is, when the president is putting pressure on the Ukrainians, withholding a meeting to get this investigation that you and I agree would benefit him politically, what kind of position does that put the Ukrainians in, sir?”

“A terrible position,” Sondland replied.

“A terrible position. Why?” Maloney pressed.

“Well, obviously they’re not receiving ultimately what they thought was coming to them, and they’re put in a position that jeopardizes their security,” Sondland answered.

Maloney then hammered home the Democrats’ argument that Trump had engaged in bribery by conditioning the release of military aid on the investigation of Biden.

“A position that jeopardizes their security, and they’re being asked to do an investigation to help their security, essentially, that would benefit the president politically. In other words, you might say they’re being asked to give him a personal benefit in exchange for an official act. Is that a fair summary?”

“In your hypothetical, that’s correct,” Sondland responded.

“It’s not a hypothetical, sir,” Maloney said. “This is real life.” [Yahoo News]

About staff

Check Also

Capacitarán en el uso  básico del Photoshop

Será el 14 de diciembre en las instalaciones del Centro Cultural, es totalmente gratuito NUEVO …

Anilú, paso a paso.

* ¿Quién será la Consejera del OPLE?   Aun y con los alarmantes casos de …

 Agradecen familias al Municipio Festival Navideño

Conviven y se divierten con el encendido del pino, pista de hielo, espectáculos y otros …

Se fortalece Sistema DIF con 2 nuevos vehículos

NUEVO LAREDO , Tam., 12 de diciembre.- El Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la …

Agiliza gobierno municipal cruce de viajeros hacia EU

Mayoría de elementos de Tránsito, Protección Civil y Bomberos dan fluidez al tráfico vehicular en …

Rehabilitan subcolector   por bulevar Aeropuerto

Reparación beneficiará a mil 150 vecinos dice director de Obras Públicas, Lauro González NUEVO LAREDO, …

Autorizan 50 permisos para vender afuera de Santuario

Comercio Informal no autoriza vendimia frente al recinto religioso, con el propósito de que los …

Invitan al ‘Maratón  de Pastorelas 2019’

Será el próximo sábado y podrá participar la ciudadanía en general, grupos de teatro, estudiantes …

“Chamaquearon” a Tino Sáenz

* La caída de García Luna * “Congelan” militarización de puertos * MORENA rechaza financiamiento …

Rivas, entre los 5 mejores alcaldes

Por tercer año consecutivo, el Gobierno de Nuevo Laredo es reconocido por el Instituto Nacional …

Entregará Sistema DIF 19 prótesis a pacientes del CRI

NUEVO LAREDO, Tam., 11 de diciembre.- Este viernes el Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de …

Muchos Gorditos 

Calladito y sin tanto ruido ni reflectores han ido resolviendo casos de secuestros, detenido delincuentes …

Militares tiran de un segundo piso a un hombre y golpean a menor

NUEVO LAREDO, Tamaulipas. —Personal militar trato de asesinar a un hombre, arrojándolo desde el techo …

Se los comieron vivos

Qué poca de los diputados locales al proponer que el servicio de recolección de basura …

Linchan a Tino Sáenz en redes sociales

            < Improcedente cobrar recolección de basura             < Acusan a Alito de actuar a …

Estrecha Sistema DIF coordinación con hospitales públicos

NUEVO LAREDO, Tam., 10 de diciembre.- El Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia …

Invitan a terminar con lectura el año

Dirección de Arte y Cultura realizará diversas actividades del 12 al 14 de diciembre en …

Invitan a disfrutar ‘El Cascanueces’

Habrá traslado gratuito al Centro Cultural el próximo viernes, informa alcalde Enrique Rivas NUEVO LAREDO, …

Congreso fiscalizador

Aunque la propuesta de elevar el monto del Impuesto Predial y fijar un costo al …

T-MEC- USMCA: ¡Ya!

* Yahleel Abdala y “Moyo“ García, multas * Quieren Diputados Migrantes * Recorte a partidos, …

Deja un comentario

Ir a la barra de herramientas