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Schiff: Sondland Testimony Is Among The Most Significant Yet, Shows "A Basic Quid-Pro-Quo"


House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff comments on US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland's testimony before the impeachment inquiry:

REP. ADAM SCHIFF: I think today's testimony is among the most significant evidence to date and what we have just heard from Ambassador Sondland is that the knowledge of this scheme, this conditioning of the White House meeting and the security assistance to get the deliverable the president wanted, these two political investigations, that he believed would help his re-election campaign, was a basic quid-pro-quo.

It was the conditioning of these official acts for something of great value to the president, these political investigations.

It goes right to the heart of the issue of bribery, as well as other potential high crimes and misdemeanors.

We've also heard for the first time that knowledge of this scheme was pervasive, the Secretary of State was aware of it, the acting chief of staff Mulvaney was aware of it, and at the very top, Donald Trump through his personal lawyers was implementing it. And so this, I think, only goes to underscore just how significant the president's obstruction of this investigation has been.

We now can see the veneer has been torn away just why Secretary Pompeo and President Trump do not want any of these documents handed over to Congress. Because apparently they show, as Ambassador Sondland has testified, that the knowledge of this scheme to condition these official act --the White House meeting and $400 million in security assistance to an ally at war with Russia-- was conditioned on political favors the president wanted for his re-election.

A very important moment in the history of this inquiry.

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