U.S. ambassador to tell House impeachment panel ‘wrong’ to seek foreign influence in election
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to the European Union plans to tell the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine that asking a foreign country to act to influence a U.S. election “would be wrong.”
According to prepared testimony, Ambassador Gordon Sondland will also tell three Democratic-led House committees that “inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong.”
He will tell the panel that he was not on a July 25 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, and did not know that Trump brought up former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s potential rivals in 2020 elections.
He will say that diplomats and officials were disappointed by Trump’s decision to involve his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in dealings with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
“I would not have recommended that Mr. Giuliani or any private citizen be involved in these foreign policy matters,” Sondland said in his prepared testimony.
“However, given the president’s explicit direction, as well as the importance we attached to arranging a White House meeting between Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy, we agreed to do as President Trump directed.”
(Reporting by Karen Freifeld, writing by Scott Malone, editing by Andrew Heavens and Bernadette Baum)
More Top Stories
The impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump shifts into higher gear this week when a parade of officials will face questioning by Democratic lawmakers …read more
Hong Kong police threatened on Monday to fire live bullets if “rioters” did not stop using lethal weapons in the latest flare up during anti-government …read more
The $2 billion Allegiant Stadium remains on time and on budget, even though completion of the cable net to support the translucent polymer roof won’t …read more
The demolition of the Hard Rock Cafe — which opened in 1990 — started Monday afternoon in Las Vegas.read more
Motorists entering into the Silver State via Arizona will soon be welcomed by a new monument sign near the neighboring states’ border.read more
Wearing a seat belt while driving or riding in a vehicle on Nevada roadways is not optional.read more