“I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these past two days and to search their consciences before they cast their final votes.”
“I think this is all going to blow up. And here we are. This is exactly what the Russian government was hoping for.”
Sondland declared that Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats. But he also came to believe the trade involved much more.
In a blockbuster morning of testimony, Sondland’s opening remarks included several key details: He confirmed that he spoke with Trump on a cellphone from a busy Kyiv restaurant the day after the president prodded Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden. He implicated others in Trump’s actions.
Morrison’s testimony ties Trump more closely to the central charge from Democrats pursuing impeachment.