President Trump suggested that either Gordon Sondland lied about his claim that Trump admitted he was more interested in the Bidens than Ukraine or that he never said it in the first place.
During a press conference with Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan, a reporter brought up a recent claim by Ambassador Bill Taylor that Gordon Sondland told one of his aids that Trump “cares more about the investigations of Biden, which [Rudy] Giuliani was pushing for”
When asked about Sondland’s claim by FOX News’s John Robers, President Trump responded that he had never heard of that. He also pointed out that the alleged quote wasn’t even sourced from Sondland at all.
“I know nothing about that, first time I’ve heard it. The one thing I’ve seen that Sondland said was that – he did speak to me for a brief moment and I said no quid pro quo under any circumstances. And that’s true.”
“The other, I’ve never heard this. In any event it’s more second-hand information but I’ve never heard it. I don’t recall – no, not at all, not even a little bit. The only thing, and I guess Sondland has stayed with his testimony that there was no quid pro quo, pure and simple.”
Ambassador Bill Taylor was intended to be a star witness in the Democrat’s impeachment probe. Despite saying several inflammatory statements, the day ultimately seemed to go to Republicans thanks to the efforts of Congressmen Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe.
Jim Jordan pointed out how Taylor’s points of reference were entirely second hand or worse.
“Ambassador, you were not on the call were you?” Jordan asked.
“I did not,” said Taylor.
“You never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney?” Jordan asked.
Taylor responds, “I never did.”
“You never met the President,” Jordan asked.
Taylor replies, “That’s correct.”
“You had three meetings with Zelenksy and it didn’t come up?” Jordan finished his point.
Taylor said that he only told Zelensky after Politico released their article when he learned of it himself.
Ratcliffe had a similar moment when he asked Taylor to name what impeachable offenses he believed President Trump committed with the Ukraine call.
After drawing silence from Taylor, he sparred with Adam Schiff over the question.