Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, returns for testimony following a short break before the House Intelligence Committee.

Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, returns for testimony following a short break before the House Intelligence Committee.

“Has anyone ever looked happier to testify in an impeachment hearing than Gordon Sondland?”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi tweeted that question during Sondland’s testimony.

And Sondland’s explosive comments spanned from the rapper A$AP Rocky to the president’s foreign policy orders.

As of Wednesday morning, here’s how The New York Times summarized his testimony.

Gordon D. Sondland testified that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the pressure campaign, and that he told Vice President Mike Pence about an apparent link between military aid for Ukraine and investigations of Democrats. Mr. Sondland confirmed there was a “clear quid pro quo” for a White House meeting between President Trump and Ukraine’s president.

NPR published Sondland’s entire opening statement here.

We recap his testimony and answer your questions about how it might affect the impeachment inquiry.

Produced by Morgan Givens and Naina Rao.

Guests

  • Ambassador Nancy Soderberg Former ambassador to the United Nations; Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House under President Clinton; @nancysoderberg
  • Ambassador Nicholas Burns Professor of diplomacy and international relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; former under secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008);and former U.S. ambassador to NATO (2001-2005); @RNicholasBurns

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