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Gordon Sondland at his hearing
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1. Sondland says Trump ordered him to work with Giuliani pressuring Ukraine

Gordon Sondland, President Trump's ambassador to the European Union, testified in the House impeachment inquiry on Wednesday that he pressured Ukraine to investigate Democrats on Trump's orders. Sondland, a central figure in the administration's pressure on Ukraine, said he worked with Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, at the "express direction" to carry out the president's orders. "Giuliani's requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President [Volodymyr] Zelensky," he said. "We knew that these investigations were important to the president." Sondland also implicated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence, saying "everyone was in the loop."

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