Volker reportedly testified in the closed-door House Democrat impeachment inquiry, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor hesitated taking the job over concerns Giuliani was conducting his own foreign diplomacy agenda, according to the report. "I am here to tell the truth".
In his testimony, Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, said he did not understand until much later, "that Mr. Giuliani's agenda might have also included an effort to prompt the Ukrainians to investigate Vice President Biden or his son or to involve Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the president's 2020 reelection campaign".
It also runs counter to what Sondland told a senior US diplomat in text messages obtained by the three House committees investigating impeachment from Kurt Volker, the former special envoy for Ukraine.
He was also on the string of text messages, some of which were released by the three House committees - intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight - leading the inquiry.
Sondland, however, contradicted Bolton and told the Ukrainian officials Trump would meet with Zelenskiy if he opened a corruption investigation. He has become central to the House impeachment inquiry, after being named in an anoymous whistleblower complaint that alleged that Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate potential political rival Biden.
Part of that effort involved pushing Ukraine to commit to politically charged investigations sought by Trump, including into a gas company connected to the son of Democratic rival Joe Biden. He said he did not know until much later that Giuliani meant to push for the Biden probe.
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The committees are also likely to ask Mr. Sondland about an August conversation he had with Mr. Johnson, who said he called Mr. Trump to inquire about a quid pro quo after the ambassador described such an arrangement to him.
During his interview on Thursday, Sondland is also expected to tell House lawmakers that he was merely repeating Trump's reassurances when he told another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in the administration's dealings with Ukraine.
"I did not understand, until much later, that Mr Giuliani's agenda might have also included an effort to prompt the Ukrainians to investigate Vice President Biden or his son or to involve Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the president's 2020 reelection campaign", he said. "Giuliani was ubiquitous all over the press and all over Ukraine, and if you're the Ambassador to the European Union who chose to highlight the Ukraine as your portfolio...it stretches credulity for you to assert 'I had no idea that those were the earthly concerns of Mr. Giuiliani'". "There is no quid pro quo".
"Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the objective of influencing an upcoming US election would be wrong", Sondland said. During the phone call, a rough summary of which the White House released in late September, Trump spoke of US assistance to Ukraine and the need to investigate Biden. Mr. Trump denied the existence of a quid pro quo to Mr. Johnson, the senator said. Instead, he said, he believed the company to be "one of many examples of Ukrainian companies run by oligarchs and lacking the type of corporate governance structures found in Western companies". He was originally slated to appear voluntarily before the three committees conducting the inquiry on October 8th, only to find out once he arrived in the US from Brussels that the State Department had blocked his testimony.
The Bidens have denied any wrongdoing. Sondland was specifically heard discussing Burisma, prompting Bolton aide Fiona Hill to report the situation to White House lawyers. Ms. Hill told committees she and then-National Security Adviser John Bolton were alarmed by Mr. Sondland's mention of investigations in a July meeting with senior Ukrainian officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, who has called for Sondland to resign, told TIME he expected the 5-hour window to be a focus of Thursday's deposition of the envoy on Capitol Hill.