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The first key witness who can really know

had imagined Gordon Sondland the Post in Brussels, probably. He was once a very successful Hotelier. He earned enough money to be able to a Million for the celebrations for the inauguration of President Donald Trump donations Dollar for what this Sondland rewarded with the office of the Ambassador of the United States in the European Union. So Sondland had planned for the portrait..

On Wednesday, the sass Sondland, of course, in a hall in the Capitol, in a proceeding to testify, although this has to do with Donald Trump to. But this Time it was not about the introduction of the President in the office, but with the removal of the President from office. And Sondland was to hear that he would rather have been in a different place.

A direct line from the President to the Ukraine scandal

Because the Democrats had reserved for Sondland no lesser role than that of leniency. His public statement should be definitively and irrefutably confirm the Central charge against Trump in the Impeachment. That was how, in the course of the survey, a smart move should show. Sondland fact, what they had hoped for the Democrats: He drew a pretty direct line from the President to the Ukraine scandal.

First, the charge: The Democrats accuse Trump, the President of the world America, the Russian attacks-ridden Ukraine through massive pressure-urged – to-have-if not blackmailed – to do two things: first, Kiev should investigate the long-disproved theory that the hackers were assumed to be attacks on the Democrats during the election campaign of 2016, not from Russia but from the Ukraine. On the other, Trump wanted the Ukrainian government to initiate investigations against the former Vice-President and current democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Both of them had to do in the years after 2014, the political and business with the Ukraine, and the Trump sensed behind a massive corruption scandal. Just in time for the start of the US election campaign, the Prosecutor's office in Kiev should be enough of a view of political rivals Trumps make. As it is practical.

Trump write a check for no consideration

However Donald Trump it has left, after all, what is known, not in the case of receivables. In order to Kiev to make the Yielding more easily to, he was able to tie a visit of the Ukrainian President Volodimir Selenskij in the White house, according to Sondlands but also the payout of almost $ 400 million in U.S. military aid to the investigation. This results in a number of Offences: abuse of office, violation of US election laws and the Constitution, breaking of the Oath, endangering national security, corruption results from the point of view of the Democrats – plenty of material therefore for a Impeachment.

Gordon Sondland was in negotiations with Kiev – the "drug deal", as former US national security adviser John Bolton called this business once, in rage, one of the key aides of the President. Still dedicated only to the personal lawyer for trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President de facto had left in charge of the whole matter.

While the professional Foreign and security politicians working in Washington is hard to leave Kiev as much as possible financial and political support from America, so that Ukraine could defend itself against the aggressive neighbor, Russia, pursued Trump, Giuliani, and Sondland, obviously, entirely different goals. The President, Sondland once explained to a shocked employee of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, take care of the Ukraine "a Shit". He interested only for the "important stuff" that brought him personal Benefits.

This message sent Sondland also to the Ukrainian government, if perhaps more polite. As soon as he saw the thing that was Trump is a business man who writes a check to without consideration get. And the counter-performance, to Donald Trump, were Biden, the investigation against Joe, the Selenskij should also announce publicly.

An unambiguous statement

The answer to the question of whether there had been a principle of quid Pro quo, "is "Yes"," said Sondland on Wednesday. "Everyone knew it. It was no secret." Both the top of the White house and the leadership of the Ministry of foreign Affairs, including Minister Mike Pompeo, had been inaugurated, no one had protested. It was about gone, "to make the Boss happy" - quoted by the Sondland from one of his E-Mails to Pompeo. "The Boss, in this case, the President."

For the Democrats was this unequivocal statement, a Triumph. Have confirmed in recent days, a number of government employees publicly in front of the Congress, what is known basically for weeks – that the American President of the Ukraine in return for official acts – the payment of military aid and a summit with Selenskij investigation against Biden has called for. But Trump himself still claims that there was no principle of quid Pro quo. This is either a remarkable act of self-suggestion or an outright lie. Sondlands statement speaks for the second Version.

Even more valuable than what is said Sondland, was for the Democrats, however, is that, of all things, he has said it. Because none of the previous witnesses was so close to Trump as the generous Ambassador. The other pre-charged – high-level diplomats and staff from the White house – were witnesses in the sense of the word: you get told, or witnessed, what did Trump. Sondland, however, was more of an accomplice Trumps – the link between the President and the fact.

Why, for example, shows this scene, which came out in the statement on language: During one of his visits to Kiev in which he had met with Selenskij, called Sondland from a Restaurant from his private mobile phone from Trump and informed the US President about the progress of his Mission. As is the case with the investigations over the matter, wanted to Trump knowledge. You will make it, replied Sondland. Selenskij was a great admirer, insured Sondland Trump, "he loves your ass." He was holding so closely with the President, that he could talk like that, said Sondland on Wednesday with a grin. He knew that Trump would have to take up two hours later in front of the White house, and the best riding. "I don't know him that well," said the President.

Video: "I wanted nothing of the Ukraine" US President Donald Trump reacts to the statement by Ambassador Sondland. Video: AP

However, for disloyalty, it was at this time probably a little late for that. Because what is told Sondland on the Wednesday before the house intelligence Committee of the house of representatives, was for Trump devastating: The President had him and other government instructed employees directly, with Giuliani to work together to put the Ukrainian government under so much pressure that this is committed, at least publicly to the investigation. The prospect to be in the dubious business of the – depending on your point of view – dazzling, or sleazy lawyer, Giuliani pulled in, not enjoyed Sondland. But he had no choice, he said. "We have executed the commands of the President."

"I don't want to, I don't want to"

. this, of course, the Republicans pulled in the survey Sondlands in doubt They tried to create as much distance as possible between Sondland and the President. Trump had said that personally to him for ever, that the Meeting with Selenskij suspension of the investigation, was Sondland asked. "No," he replied. Have made Trump him over the disbursement of military assistance to the investigation? "No," said Sondland. "I assumed," admitted the Ambassador. For him and all of the other Participants had been clear that Giuliani had acted on the orders Trumps. Even Trump himself said in a short press conference that he had said Sondland, in a telephone conversation explicitly, that he expected nothing in return from the Ukraine, there is no principle of quid Pro quo. "I told him: "I want nothing, I want nothing,"", screamed the President, while he on the lawn of the White house in front of his roaring helicopter.

in this respect, it would be no wonder, if at the end all have the Sondlands statement is part of what you want to hear – or at least act, and the uncomfortable and ignore the Rest. For the Democrats Sondlands is likely to be the appearance of the last proof that Trump needs to be thrown out of office. The Republicans see it as evidence that Democrats are hosting a witch-hunt.

Created: 20.11.2019, 13:53 PM

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