In prepared remarks that Sondland planned to give the congressional inquiry, he said that Trump directed him to talk to Giuliani concerning his efforts to arrange a White House meeting with the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
But Sondland's pivotal role in the dialogue, including discussions about a quid pro quo in which Ukraine's leader would get a coveted White House visit in exchange for satisfying Trump's push for corruption-related investigations, may make those assertions tough for House Democrats to accept. "It was apparent to all of us that the key to changing the president's mind on Ukraine was Mr Giuliani, a hotelier and Trump donor".
They were also upset because their view was that the "men and women of the State Department, not the president's personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of USA foreign policy towards Ukraine".
Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland's opening statement said he questioned the involvement of Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine policy.
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Congressional investigators have ordered Sondland to present "relevant documents" to the inquiry, but his lawyers said he would not bring them Thursday and they must be provided by the State Department.
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"I understand that some people may have their own specific agendas: some may want me to say things to protect the president at all costs; some may want me to provide damning facts to support the other side", Sondland said, emphasizing he had not previously shared his statement with administration officials.
Trump has said he did nothing wrong and labelled the impeachment inquiry a "witch-hunt". The messages show the diplomats discussing an arrangement in which Ukraine's leader would be offered a White House visit in exchange for a public statement by Ukraine committing to undertake investigations into the 2016 USA presidential election and into Burisma, the gas company.
Sondland's testimony was in defiance of earlier attempts by the State Department and White House to block his appearance on October 8, according to Sondland and his lawyers.
Perry added that Giuliani didn't make explicit demands when they talked, but instead blamed Ukraine for the dossier about Trump's alleged ties with Russian Federation and claimed Ukraine had Clinton's email server and "dreamed up" the evidence behind the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Before she went before the House committees, Hill rejected the White House's claim that her testimony was impermissible due to executive privilege, asserting that much of what she had to discuss had already become public knowledge.
What's more, NBC News reported last week that the White House's decision to block the release of nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine - a key element of the scandal - went through the White House Office of Management and Budget.
He continued: "Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong". His appearance is especially anticipated since text messages and other witness testimony place him at the center of a foreign policy dialogue with Ukraine that officials feared circumvented normal channels and that is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry of Trump.