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The Daily BeastNov 17, 2019
Chuck Todd Confronts GOP Senator: You Blame ‘Everybody' but Trump on Ukraine Scandal
A month after their explosive confrontation over impeachment and Ukraine, Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) were back at it on Sunday when Todd pointedly told Johnson that he seemed to "blame this on everybody" but President Trump.

Johnson, who has previously said it made him "wince" when U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland said President Trump would release military aid to Ukraine when Ukraine moved to "get to the bottom of what happened in 2016," told Todd that he understood why Trump wanted an investigation.

"What I also know is when I sprung that on President Trump in my August 31st phone call," Johnson said on Meet the Press, "he completely denied there was any kind of arrangement—Ukraine had to do something before he released that funding."

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The Daily BeastNov 17, 2019
Gordon Sondland Stepped in ‘And Things Went Really Off the Rails'
Pablo Martinez MonsivaisUkrainian officials arrived at the White House on July 10 expecting something approaching normal. They were in Washington for a scheduled meeting with then-National Security Adviser John Bolton with a plan to propose a new path for U.S.-Ukrainian relations under the umbrella of energy and security cooperation. All seemed to go well—until U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland stepped in. "That's when things really went off the rails," one person in the room said. 

It's been widely noted in testimonies by multiple House impeachment witnesses that Sondland interrupted the conversation between Bolton and the Ukrainians when he suggested that the Kyiv officials open investigations into Hunter Biden and the gas company he worked for if they wanted President Volodymyr Zelensky to land a White House meeting with Donald Trump. 

Bolton immediately cut the get-together short, witnesses said, in an attempt to save what had until then been a normal meeting. But what's been less clear—until now—is what happened moments later, when Sondland guided the Ukrainians into the White House's Ward Room. Three individuals familiar with the conversation described what happened next. 

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Huffington Post PoliticsNov 17, 2019
GOP Congressman: Trump's Yovanovitch Tweet 'Unfortunate' But 'Not Impeachable'
Rep. Mike Turner said the president's tweet, sent as the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine testified before Congress, was "certainly not witness intimidation."

The Daily BeastNov 17, 2019
Chris Wallace Accuses Top Republican of ‘Very Badly' Mischaracterizing Impeachment Testimony
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace repeatedly confronted House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Sunday over the top Republican's characterization of last week's impeachment testimony, accusing congressman of "very badly" misrepresenting the witnesses' positions.

Wallace pressed the Trump-boosting Louisiana lawmaker on the upcoming testimony of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sonldand, asking Scalise if it was possible Sondland could "blow a hole in the president's defense" if he testifies that the president told him Ukraine aid was being held up unless the Ukrainian president publicly announced an investigation into the Bidens.

"Well, the president's defense is that those things didn't happen," Scalise responded. "And it's not just the president's word. President Zelensky himself said that the aid wasn't conditioned and there was no pressure."

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Fox PoliticsNov 17, 2019
GOP, Dem reps both wary of upcoming Sondland testimony
U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who met with President Trump several times regarding Ukraine, is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week as part of an ongoing impeachment inquiry, but congressmen from both parties Sunday were hesitant to put much stock behind what he will say.

Reuters PoliticsNov 14, 2019
Trump impeachment inquiry moves ahead, with pivotal witness looming
The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump moved forward on Thursday with preparations for the appearance of another central figure - former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch - in the investigation's second public hearing.
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