Ukrainian Minister: Sondland Never Linked Military Aid To A Biden Investigation


New on Friday was one that read, "I have never seen a direct relationship between investigations and security assistance" - a quote from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, who on Thursday said United States ambassador Gordon Sondland didn't explicitly link USA military aid to Kiev with Trump's request that President Volodymyr Zelensky open an investigation into the Bidens.

In his closed-door testimony last month, which was released by the House Intelligence Committee several days ago, Sondland told the committee that he had spoken frequently with Prystaiko and other Ukrainian officials during the period in question.

Suriya Jayanti, a foreign service officer based in Kyiv, also overheard the phone call on July 26, which was one day after Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, according to the Associated Press. "This just should not happen", he said. During a "Keep America Great" rally in Louisiana Thursday, the president said Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has stated EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland did not link financial military assistance to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

'I always believed that suspending aid to Ukraine was ill-advised, although I did not know (and still do not know) when, why, or by whom the aid was suspended, ' said Sondland in his revised statement.

President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Soundland walked back on his closed-door testimony where he said there was no quid pro quo.

Later that day, a Twitter account that appears to belong to Ukraine's then-Defense Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk posted a photo of himself at dinner with Sondland, Taylor and Ambassador Kurt Volker, who was then Trump's special envoy to Ukraine for peace negotiations.

Democrats claim the conversation outlined the contours of a quid pro quo since it came shortly after the White House froze hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine. Taylor testified that a member of his staff overheard a July 26 phone call between the President and Amb. The staffer also told Taylor that Sondland said that Trump was more interested in investigations than anything else.

"Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for", he added.

Nevermind that second- and third-hand information - which is all the two star witnesses had to offer on Wednesday - is inadmissible as evidence, it seems that some of Taylor's testimony that Trump was soliciting something from Ukraine's president is... in error.