U.S. ambassador to EU ties Ukrainian aid to investigation request

Sondland offered new details to lawmakers on Monday after his memory was “refreshed”
12:54, 6 November 2019

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U.S. ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told a Ukrainian official that his country would likely not get nearly $400 million of military aid unless they pursued investigations demanded by President Donald Trump, revising earlier testimony to the Trump impeachment inquiry. It was reported by Reuters.

Sondland testified before the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress last October. During nine hours of testimony, he explained how President Trump's relations with the new Ukrainian government shaped and evolved.

Related: Trump says his conversation with Zelensky was not initially considered inappropriate

However, the U.S. ambassador to the EU offered new details to lawmakers on Monday after his memory was “refreshed”.

The details appeared to enforce the initial whistleblower complaint that led to the investigation by three U.S. House of Representatives committees. The testimony also corroborated other witnesses who said Trump sought to pressure the Ukrainians into conducting investigations into Joe and Hunter Bidens.

As we reported earlier, Ukrainian prosecutor, who headed the investigations concerning the firm, where Hunter Biden served as a member of a Supervisory Board, might be dismissed, as Reuters reported.

Such a decision is based on the attempt to avoid involvement in the partisan fight in Washington.

Related: Informant who reported on Zelensky-Trump conversation ready to answer questions

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