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Top NSC aide puts Sondland at front lines of Ukraine campaign, speaking for Trump


Added 11-16-19 06:56:03pm EST - “A senior White House official told House impeachment investigators last month that President Trump's hand-picked ambassador to Europe had pushed ?" on behalf of Trump himself ?" for Ukraine's president to launch two investigations…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Top NSC aide puts Sondland at front lines of Ukraine campaign, speaking for Trump”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A senior White House official told House impeachment investigators last month that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE's hand-picked ambassador to Europe had pushed — on behalf of Trump himself — for Ukraine's president to launch two investigations that could help Trump politically.

Tim Morrison, a top aide at the National Security Council (NSC) who has since departed the agency, said Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandNew witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes Yovanovitch impeachment testimony gives burst of momentum to Democrats State Dept. official confirms Trump-Sondland conversation on Ukraine probes: report MORE, U.S. ambassador to the E.U., had huddled with a top Ukrainian representative on Sept. 1, when he relayed the message that the release of U.S. military aid to the besieged country hinged on Kyiv opening the investigations Trump sought. 

“What he communicated was that he believed … what could help them move the aid was if the prosecutor general would go to the mic and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation,” Morrison testified privately on Oct. 31, according to the transcript released Saturday by Democrats leading the impeachment investigation.  

“Ambassador Sondland believed and at least related to me that the president was giving him instruction,” Morrison added. 

On Sept. 7, the marching orders changed, Morrison said, after Sondland spoke directly with Trump, who insisted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky himself should announce the investigations into Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left MORE and the 2016 elections — both of which could help Trump politically heading into 2020. 

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