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The Daily BeastNov 13, 2019
After Today, the Vise Tightens on Trump's Ukraine Point Man
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/ReutersRepublicans' most fruitful line of attack during the first day of congressional impeachment hearings for Donald Trump has put even more pressure on a forthcoming witness who has flailed under it thus far: donor-turned ambassador Gordon Sondland. 

As two senior State Department officials spent nearly six hours recounting their alarm with an effort by Trump's allies that they said undermined U.S. national interests in favor of promoting the president's reelection, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee repeatedly pointed out that neither witness had interacted with Trump or key deputies like White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney or personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. 

But a critical future witness had: Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Sondland, however, has reversed himself on central aspects of his participation in a shadow foreign policy effort - reversals that have put Trump in a worse position. And he testifies, publicly, next Wednesday. 

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