Remarkably, Ambassador Sondland has had his memory refreshed upon reading other peoples’ transcripts. The part he remembers? Yes, there was a quid pro quo, or in other words, there was a bribe, there was extortion, there was a crime.
And real lawyers like Lawrence Tribe are stating this changes everything:
President Donald Trump’s ally, donor and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s shocking testimony was released by the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday and shock quickly followed.
🤣LOL…Sondland claims he “refreshed my recollection” after reading the testimony given by Ambassador Bill Taylor and Tim Morrison (senior director for Europe and #Russia at the National Security Council).
More like the threat of prosecution for #perjury refreshed his memory.😉
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) November 5, 2019
And now que the administration’s “Okay, it was a quid pro quo, which also means bribe or extortion, but that isn’t impeachable” defense, the one everyone here has known was coming eventually.
Ambassador Sondland now admits that there was a quid pro quo and he communicated that to Ukraine.
Why wasn’t he forthcoming? And why did he lie to Taylor in a text message and say there wasn’t one?
He has a lot of explaining to do. https://t.co/rfCyUyy4Es
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) November 5, 2019
And last one:
This is no small edit! Sondland has just blown Trump’s story apart, leaving mere shreds of orange skin and slimy fathttps://t.co/2lgawF6ksI
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 5, 2019
So, in other words, boom.
Now, they can call the whistleblower Barrack Obama, if they want. Yes, it was Barrack Obama who did the ultimate jedi mind trick, “these are not the droids you’re looking for,” and got Trump to release the memo, which required other questions. Those questions are now being answered, and the answers reveal a crime. The whistleblower has been irrelevant since the memo was released, but never more so. Time to switch defenses.
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