Skip to comments.Trump ousts impeachment witness Gordon Sondland US Ambassador to the European Union
Posted on 02/07/2020 6:02:02 PM PST by robowombat
President Trump on Friday ousted Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, making him the second official who testified in the House impeachment inquiry to be dismissed.
"I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union, Sondland said in a statement.
"I am proud of our accomplishments," Sondland added, thanking Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "Our work here has been the highlight of my career.
Sondland's statement came just hours after Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was removed from his post with the National Security Council and escorted off the White House grounds.
Sondland provided damaging testimony against Trump in the House impeachment inquiry, saying during a public hearing that "everyone was in the loop" about the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president's political rivals.
His dismissal marks an escalation in Trump's push to clear the administration of those who testified against him last year in the impeachment proceedings. That group now includes Sondland, who donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee.
Other witnesses, such as Jennifer Williams and Marie Yovanovitch, have been reassigned or left the administration entirely. Williams left her post in the vice president's office early at her request.
Sondland was viewed as a key witness for Democrats as they built their case that Trump withheld security aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine in an effort to pressure the government into investigating the Bidens.
Was there a quid pro quo? Sondland said in his opening statement at a November hearing. With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.
But the White House sought to paint him as unreliable and lacking firsthand contact with the president. Trump distanced himself from his donor and ambassador, saying he hardly knew Sondland.
The ambassador's ouster is certain to be viewed as retaliation by Trump for his impeachment testimony.
Earlier Friday, Vindman was escorted off the White House grounds. Vindman, who listened in on Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, testified publicly that he thought the call was inappropriate and that he reported it to his superiors.
There is no question in the mind of any American why this mans job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House, David Pressman, Vindmans attorney, said in a statement. LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful.
Updated at 7:20 p.m.
Just the beginning, I hope.
Vindman went around the chain of command, leaked information, and refused to follow orders.
Sure, Sondland is a clod. But, I have to wonder whose judgement it was to give him the job apparently because he was a successful campaign bundler for Trump.
Time to go on the offense and make some noses bleed.
door knobs and butt holes... butt hole
One less soldier my ass.
He was a traitor and liar hiding behind his uniform.
I say good riddance and may his pension be pulled
Trump’s finally doing what he should have done on day one.
Some of these bastards will think twice before they betray the President of the United States.
On CNN it’s being depicted that Trump’s evil because he didn’t call Sondland personally.
Gergen obviously admitted Trump can and should fire Vindman, but somehow Trump is evil because he didn’t call Vindman in personally and say “Son, I know you had to testify honestly, but it’s best if you don’t work here now”.
These people are certifiable.
In the debate,Buttigieg calling for amending the Constitution to outlaw money in elections.
Biden looks like a cadaver a decomposing one.
Atrocious reporting. Omits where his position wound up after questioning by Rep. Mike Turner, namely that his only basis for this assertion was his own presumption.
Omission is the fake news media's favorite tool.
Need a bigger broom for all the housecleaning that needs to occur!
Just keep swingin’ that Louisville Slugger.....
Mr. Vindman... excuuuuuuse me, Lt. Col. Vindman, needs to be court martialed and sent to the brig for breaking numerous laws during his role as a coup conspirator.
Sondland’s sin was having businesses in Portland. They pressured him politically and with protests at his business. Sondland, in my opinion, made a choice to cave into their demands to protect his business.
These guys are lucky if all theyre getting is dismissal. They should have major federal charges against them and those in the military should be court martialed.
If theyre smart, theyll just accept this and go away quietly while they can.
Trump is making up for 3 long years to say “YOU’RE FIRED”!!!!
Frig an A YES!!!!!
Yeah, but on cross examination, the answer was no.
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