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U.S. diplomat Sondland says he followed president's orders on Ukraine

 

 

 

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A U.S. diplomat who is a key witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he worked with Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine issues on "the President's orders."

 

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said in prepared remarks to the investigation that Giuliani's efforts to push Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for investigations into Trump's political rivals "were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit" for the Ukrainian leader.

 

Quid pro quo is a Latin term meaning a favor exchanged for a favor.

 

Sondland, a wealthy hotel entrepreneur and Trump donor, said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was aware and "fully supportive" of their efforts on Ukraine.

 

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