President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the testimony of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland has marked not only a victory for Republicans, but the end of the impeachment inquiry against him.
During a visit to an Apple factory in Austin, Texas, the president told reporters that the impeachment process against him for allegedly pressuring Ukraine is a “embarrassment” for the country.
Democrats accuse President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, during a phone call to force him to investigate Democrat Joe Biden.
Biden, who was vice president under Barack Obama, is under serious suspicions of corruption after he publicly acknowledged that he threatened the former president of Ukraine in 2016 with withdrawing $1 billion in aid if they did not fire Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin.
At the time, the Ukrainian prosecutor was investigating a major gas company, Burisma Holdings, which had hired his son, Hunter Biden, for an exorbitant salary of $50,000 to $80,000 a month.
The president highlighted how Sondland left out of his initial 23-page deposition the most important part of the information he could bring to the inquiry, something Republican Jim Jordan reminded him of at Wednesday’s hearing.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan: You said to the president of the United States, ‘What do you want from Ukraine?’ The president: ‘I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing,’ What was that, Mr. Sondland?
Ambassador Gordon Sondland: Transparency.
Jordan: And fight corruption, right?
Jordan: You can’t find time to put that in a 23-page opening statement?
Sondland: I didn’t do it on purpose.
President Trump stressed that this information was the most important part of the information this witness could bring to the case.
This was the president’s direct order to Sondland: not to pressure President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and let him do what he had been doing for a long time, fighting corruption, as he had promised in the election campaign.
“We have the greatest economy in the world. The greatest economy there has ever been in our country but we have fake press. There is no freedom of expression in our country,” said the president in reference to the media silence about the achievements of the Trump administration and that they only report negatively on the president.
“Not only did we win today, it’s over,” President Trump said of the impeachment inquiry, adding, “Some of the fair press of which there isn’t too much, said this thing is over.”