"Our 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", said Sondland, who was subpoenaed to testify after the Trump administration blocked him from appearing before the House last week.
Hindsight: Sondland says he did indeed begin working with Giuliani, but he says he didn't 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", per the Washington Post.
The Democrats' impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump were initiated last month after a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump abused his powers by pressing his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 U.S. election candidate Joe Biden.
In the meeting, Trump's advisers urged him to meet with Zelensky, but people familiar with the matter said the president told them they needed to resolve Giuliani's concerns before he would agree to the meeting.
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 US presidential election and into Burisma, the gas company.
Sondland is among those named in a whistleblower complaint alleging that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate potential political opponent Joe Biden.
Democrats are now investigating whether Trump's actions constitute an impeachable abuse of presidential power. Trump withheld $391 million in military aid to Ukraine before making the request.
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Correia was also indicted, but remained at large until Wednesday. The men are accused of violating campaign finance laws.
The Wall Street Journal sat down with Perry for an extensive interview and reported that the spring conversation was a sign of how closely Giuliani - a personal lawyer for Trump - worked on Ukraine policy.
In his statement, the ambassador said all of his work on Ukraine had Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's "blessing", but that the president repeatedly directed him to coordinate with Giuliani.
In his deposition, Sondland said he called Trump directly and asked him, "What do you want from Ukraine?"
Gordon Sondland's testimony to House impeachment investigators was aimed at distancing himself from Trump and Giuliani's efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
"Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the objective of influencing an upcoming USA election would be wrong", Sondland said. "Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong. And I recall the president was in a bad mood".
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. "I did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings". Sondland is the American ambassador to the European Union, but he was among the handful of diplomats involved in the White House's outreach to Ukraine over the summer. Sondland replied that Trump had been clear about his intentions and there was no quid pro quo.