Ukraine feels abandoned amid US impeachment drama

Bill Taylor

Overheard Phone Call’ Raises Questions About Classified Info Privilege 3,726Andrew Caballero Reynolds AFP Getty Joel B. Pollak13 Nov 2019

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify once more about his dealings with Ukraine and President Donald Trump.

"I have never seen a direct relationship between investigations and security assistance." said Prystaiko, "Yes, the investigations were mentioned, you know, in the conversation of the presidents". 'I now recall. I said resumption of USA aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for weeks, ' he said in amending his testimony.

On July 25, Trump had a phone call with Ukraine President Zelenskiy and asked him to look into a Crowdstrike server that was allegedly being held in Ukraine and also asked him to look into Biden and his son, Hunter, who had sat on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings while his father was the vice president.

Holmes is a counselor for political affairs at the US embassy in Kiev, according to the embassy's website. "Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for".

Jayanti was previously scheduled to be deposed by impeachment investigators, but the interview was cancelled so members could attend the funeral of the late Elijah Cummings.

Current and former government officials were stunned by the revelation that Sondland used a cellphone to speak with the president at a public area in Ukraine.

Holmes' testimony comes directly after lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee heard from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry.

After President Trump urges Erdogan to call on "a friendly reporter from Turkey", Lindsey Graham turns to me and says, "There aren't any others left". "Particularly after that, anybody should understand how unsafe it is to make an unsecured call in Kyiv, or anywhere else for that matter". "If it was that important, [Sondland] could have easily gotten up from the restaurant, gone to the embassy and made a secure call through the White House operations center". People come forward with information along the way.

She said Sondland was meeting with foreign officials "that we had derogatory information on that he shouldn't have been meeting with" or he was giving out his phone number or texting foreign officials.

Meanwhile, Sondland, during his closed-door testimony to House Intelligence Committee, told the panel that he had spoken many times to Prystaiko and other Ukrainian officials during the period that was in question, according to a transcript released (pdf) several days ago.

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