In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Trump’s Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland has confirmed military aid was held up by the President in exchange for a commitment to investigate his political rivals.
Specifically, Sondland testified:
“I know that members of this Committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.”
Sondland also testified that he worked “at the express direction of the President” and that leveraging aid to compel Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden “reflected President Trump’s desires and requirements.”
This story is developing and will be updated.