Ambassador Gordon Sondland told cross examiners at Wednesday's impeachment inquiry that the president told him directly that he wanted "no quid-pro-quo" on Ukraine, seeming to contradict his opening statement where he said there was a quid-pro-quo.
President Trump cited Sondland's statement about a phone call between them on September 9 to say the impeachment inquiry is "over".
QUESTION: What did the president say to you on September 9, that you remember?
GORDON SONDLAND: Words to the effect of -- I decided to ask the president in an open-ended fashion because there were so many different scenarios floating around as to what was going on with Ukraine. So rather than ask the president nine different questions, is it this, is it this, is it that, I just said, "what do you want from Ukraine?" I may have even used a four-letter word. And he said, "I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I just want Zelensky to do what he ran on," or words to that effect.
That gave me the impetus to respond to Ambassador Taylor with the text that I sent. As I said to Mr. Goldman, it was not an artfully written text, I should have been more specific, put it in quotes.
Basically, I wanted Ambassador Taylor to pick up the ball and take it from there. I had gone as far as I could go.