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Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, has been directed by the State Department not to appear Tuesday for a scheduled interview with House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Sondland, a Trump political appointee, has emerged as a central player in Trump's bid to persuade Ukraine’s new government to commit publicly to investigate corruption and the president’s political opponents.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-administration-orders-ambassador-center-ukraine-scandal-not-appear-congress-n1063636

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Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, has been directed by the State Department not to appear Tuesday for a scheduled interview with House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Sondland, a Trump political appointee, has emerged as a central player in Trump's bid to persuade Ukraine’s new government to commit publicly to investigate corruption and the president’s political opponents.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-administration-orders-ambassador-center-ukraine-scandal-not-appear-congress-n1063636

Interesting. We'll see if he complies.
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Interesting. We'll see if he complies.

His answer should be 'I'll appear before an actual impeachment hearing.'

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Interesting. We'll see if he complies.


His attorney has already put out a statement that he would not testify, based upon the fact he is bound by state department protocols. It’s further down, in the article.


"As the sitting U.S. Ambassador to the EU and employee of the State Department, Ambassador Sondland is required to follow the Department’s direction," Luskin continued, adding that Sondland "is profoundly disappointed that he will not be able to testify today."


Trump has also weighed in, via Twitter.


Donald J. Trump

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 I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public....

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

....to see. Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, “I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.” That says it ALL!

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There are legitimate reasons why Sondland should answer questions. He is the US ambassador to the EU and Ukraine is not part of the European Union. Having a formal inquiry may be the best thing that could happen. In previous impeachment processes, under Nixon and Clinton, the minority party also gained the power to subpoena. Republicans could call and question their own specific witnesses.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-07/subpoena-power-republicans-want-house-vote-impeachment-inquiry-pelosi-doesnt
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Trump's correct on this:  Unless and until Republicans have the same powers as the Majority in these "hearings," he should not cooperate in any way.  There's nothing to cooperate with.
Don't call it the "Federal Government," that's an insult to the Founders.  It's a "National Government."
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Trump's correct on this:  Unless and until Republicans have the same powers as the Majority in these "hearings," he should not cooperate in any way.  There's nothing to cooperate with.

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Trump's correct on this:  Unless and until Republicans have the same powers as the Majority in these "hearings," he should not cooperate in any way.  There's nothing to cooperate with.

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Trump's correct on this:  Unless and until Republicans have the same powers as the Majority in these "hearings," he should not cooperate in any way.  There's nothing to cooperate with.

@Cyber Liberty I don't think Nancy is going to let the Republicans anywhere near this impeachment crap.

She's opened up her playbook to how she treated the Republicans in the House during the Obamacare proceedings.  She completely shut them out during that as well.  Told them they weren't needed or wanted.

History is repeating itself.
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@Cyber Liberty I don't think Nancy is going to let the Republicans anywhere near this impeachment crap.

She's opened up her playbook to how she treated the Republicans in the House during the Obamacare proceedings.  She completely shut them out during that as well.  Told them they weren't needed or wanted.

History is repeating itself.

Let's hope the useful idiots like Amash and Romney see this.  I am not optimistic.
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Let's hope the useful idiots like Amash and Romney see this.  I am not optimistic.

I'm not either...we have politicians allegedly on our side that are more fearful of what some talking head on the nightly news is gonna say about them than actually doing the right thing for their constituents and the country.
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I'm not either...we have politicians allegedly on our side that are more fearful of what some talking head on the nightly news is gonna say about them than actually doing the right thing for their constituents and the country.

Useful idiots we will have with us always.  But remember:  Susan Collins did vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
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Trump's correct on this:  Unless and until Republicans have the same powers as the Majority in these "hearings," he should not cooperate in any way.  There's nothing to cooperate with.

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Trump's correct on this:  Unless and until Republicans have the same powers as the Majority in these "hearings," he should not cooperate in any way.  There's nothing to cooperate with.

Agreed.  American justice is not defined by kangaroo courts.   
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Democrats to subpoena Sondland


That won’t really matter. Their subpoena power is fairly weak. If the administration doesn’t want him to testify, he will defy it, like Rove and Holder have, in the past.
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Don't call it the "Federal Government," that's an insult to the Founders.  It's a "National Government."
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The ambassador to the EU has precisely what role, in dealings between the US, and non-EU member Ukraine?

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His answer should be 'I'll appear before an actual impeachment hearing.'

Exactly.   These unofficial "requests to appear" should be ignored.   Only the truly stuckonstupid useful idiots are unaware that the rats are merely playing impeachment games here.
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Exactly.   These unofficial "requests to appear" should be ignored.   Only the truly stuckonstupid useful idiots are unaware that the rats are merely playing impeachment games here.

Well, today the Democrats issued a subpoena for the Ambassador.  Let's see them enforce it.

Schitt also announced a refusal of this subpoena would be an Article of Impeachment (obstruction), if such a thing ever came to a vote.
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Well, today the Democrats issued a subpoena for the Ambassador.  Let's see them enforce it.

Schitt also announced a refusal of this subpoena would be an Article of Impeachment (obstruction), if such a thing ever came to a vote.


Technically, they could do that, because similar obstruction charges were part of the articles of impeachment, being drawn up for Nixon.
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