As of this afternoon, Gordon Sondland remains to be anticipating to indicate up Thursday and converse to impeachment investigators, in keeping with an individual accustomed to the EU ambassador’s preparations.
Sondland’s authorized workforce has publicly pointed to the State Division concerning any doc requests — saying State can be the entity to show any discussions of official enterprise over to the Hill.
Sondland hasn’t heard from the White Home or State Division with requests to dam all or elements of his testimony Thursday, the individual mentioned. Final week, the State Division stopped Sondland from talking to Hill investigators, prompting them to subpoena him.
Sondland, the supply mentioned, is pushing again on the concept that the White Home’s nationwide safety advisers expressed alarm a couple of attainable quid professional quo with Ukraine — saying that Fiona Hill and John Bolton by no means made it identified to Sondland that they had been involved.
Emails between Sondland and Fiona Hill, Trump’s former Russia specialist, had been “cordial” and “collegial,” with the ambassador retaining her up to date on his actions in Ukraine, the individual mentioned.