Stefanik questions Sondland during Wednesday’s impeachment hearings

Stefanik questions Sondland during Wednesday’s impeachment hearings
North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was among GOP members of the intelligence committee questioning Ambassador Gordon Sondland and emphasizing what he did and did not hear. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - Ambassador Gordon Sondland finished with almost six hours of testimony in a hearing that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is calling “a seminal moment in our investigation.”

Sondland, President Donald Trump’s European Union ambassador, told lawmakers that he worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy at Trump’s direction and that “everyone was in the loop” as Giuliani and Trump pressured Ukraine for investigations.

Schiff said Sondland’s testimony was “deeply significant and troubling.”

Republicans pushed back. California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House intelligence panel, said there was “zero evidence” from Sondland’s testimony.

North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was among GOP members of the intelligence committee questioning the witness and emphasizing what he did and did not hear.

"And in fact you testified, 'President Trump never told me directly that the aid was conditioned on investigations,'" Stefanik asked.

"That's correct," Sondland said.

"You said, 'Never heard those words from the president.' Correct," Stefanik asked.

"Correct," Sondland replied.

Stefanik went on to repeat what she stressed at Tuesday's hearing, that Schiff refused to allow former Vice President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, to be called to testify about his involvement with a Ukrainian company. Ambassador Gordon Sondland finished with almost six hours of testimony in a hearing that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is calling “a seminal moment in our investigation.”

Sondland, President Donald Trump’s European Union ambassador, told lawmakers that he worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy at Trump’s direction and that “everyone was in the loop” as Giuliani and Trump pressured Ukraine for investigations.

Schiff said Sondland’s testimony was “deeply significant and troubling.”

Republicans pushed back. California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House intelligence panel, said there was “zero evidence” from Sondland’s testimony.

North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was among GOP members of the intelligence committee questioning the witness and emphasizing what he did and did not hear.

"And in fact you testified, 'President Trump never told me directly that the aid was conditioned on investigations,'" Stefanik asked.

"That's correct," Sondland said.

"You said, 'Never heard those words from the president.' Correct," Stefanik asked.

"Correct," Sondland replied.

Stefanik went on to repeat what she stressed at Tuesday’s hearing, that Schiff refused to allow former Vice President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to be called to testify about his involvement with a Ukrainian company.

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