Text messages released by Intel Comm on convos with Ambassadors Volker, Sondland, Taylor, Ukraine prez aide, and Giuliani. Must read.https://t.co/fY0cR9w2aX
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) October 4, 2019
This is quite the exchange:
Taylor: "As I said on the phone, **I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.**"
Sondland: No, you're incorrect… Trump doesn't want a quid pro quo… "I suggest we stop the back and forth by text." pic.twitter.com/9pIsMCejer
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 4, 2019
What role did Sec. Pompeo play?
After defending Trump and denying quid pro quo, Sondland tells career diplomat Bill Taylor, "If you still have concerns, I recommend you give Lisa Kenna or S a call to discuss them directly."
S, being the Secretaryhttps://t.co/lavosjigqc
— Conor Finnegan (@cjf39) October 3, 2019
Texts provided to the committee by Volker clearly show a plan to trade a commitment by Ukraine to investigate alleged 2016 election interference in return for security assistance, despite Sondland's repeated "there is no quid pro quo." https://t.co/y86dWmwtLi
— Julian E. Barnes (@julianbarnes) October 4, 2019