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CNN summary: [here](https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/09/politics/impeachment-transcript-takeaways/index.html).

On July 10, Sondland delivered the ultimatum to Ukraine that the the Zelenskyy-Trump meeting they were seeking was conditioned on opening investigations into the President’s rivals. Sondland’s testimony adds that “[everything](https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vUI__sxL_fgzy5JYqaxB9cysOHwwQSE4/view),” both the White House meeting and the $391 Million in aid, were conditional on the Ukrainian public statement.

* Meeting testimony is from White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill and NSC Ukraine expert, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
* We know from other testimonies that the terms were investigations into Crowdstrike/2016 (Conspiracy that Ukraine not Russia hacked DNC, according to July 25 call memo) and Burisma (Which Sondland knew meant Bidens, according to [Vindman](https://www.reddit.com/r/Keep_Track/comments/dpeebt/contradicting_testimonies/) and [Sondland](https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/sondland-changes-testimony-acknowledges-delivering-quid-pro-quo-message-ukraine-n1076736?yptr=yahoo) testimonies).
* Ambassador to EU Sondland half-acknowledges it, saying “Corruption was mentioned. Then, as time went on — and, again, I can’t nail down the dates — then let’s get the Ukrainians to give a statement about corruption. And then, no, corruption isn’t enough, we need to talk about the 2016 election and the Burisma investigations. And it was always described to me as ongoing investigations that had been stopped by the previous administration and they wanted them started up again. That’s how it was always described. And then finally at some point I made the Biden-Burisma connection, and then the transcript was released,” [here](https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/sondland-changes-testimony-acknowledges-delivering-quid-pro-quo-message-ukraine-n1076736?yptr=yahoo).

A statement by Ukraine against general corruption was not enough for the White House.

* Even when Zelenskyy advisor Yermak gave a draft statement on August 12 to Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, Volker added “the 2 key items” to it, according to his texts [here](https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20191105_-_volker_additional_texts_final.pdf).
* Added text: **”including those involving Burisma and the 2016 U.S. elections, which in turn will prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future.”**
* “And then, no, corruption isn’t enough, we need to talk about the 2016 election and the Burisma investigations.” – Sondland’s [changed testimony](https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/sondland-changes-testimony-acknowledges-delivering-quid-pro-quo-message-ukraine-n1076736?yptr=yahoo).
* “Gordan, had talked to the president, POTUS in sort of shorthand, and POTUS wanted nothing less than President Zelenskyy to go to microphone and say investigations, Biden, and Clinton” – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent’s [testimony](http://web.archive.org/web/20191108022015/https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/CPRT-116-IG00-D009.pdf).
* Don’t forget that aid was released on September 11, when no Ukraine statement had been given (and Sondland was unsatisfied as recently as [September 1](https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/05/politics/gordon-sondland-kurt-volker-transcripts-impeachment-inquiry/index.html)), but it was only 2 days after Congress announced a [probe](https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/09/09/house-democrats-probe-trump-slow-rolled-ukraine-military-aid-in-larger-effort-to-target-biden/). Trump claimed he was releasing the aid in both [February and May](https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-ordered-hold-on-military-aid-days-before-calling-ukrainian-president-officials-say/2019/09/23/df93a6ca-de38-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html) before he ordered a hold.

Rudy Giuliani was central to this push.

* “I feel that the key for many things is Rudi and I ready to talk with him at any time.” – [Yermak](https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20191105_-_volker_additional_texts_final.pdf) on July 10. Yermak later met Giuliani in Madrid on August 2.
* In the same Volker [texts](https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20191105_-_volker_additional_texts_final.pdf), Bill Taylor vented as early as July 26 about “the Guliani-Biden issue” and was worried it’d interfere with his work.
* “[Volker] said that it was clear that the former mayor had influence on the President in terms of the way the president thought of Ukraine. And I think by that moment in time, that was self-evident to anyone who was working on the issues, and therefore, it made sense to try to engage the mayor. ” – George Kent [testimony](http://web.archive.org/web/20191108022015/https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/CPRT-116-IG00-D009.pdf).
* Sondland describes it was a saga that “started as talk to Rudy, then others talk to Rudy” in [changed testimony](https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/sondland-changes-testimony-acknowledges-delivering-quid-pro-quo-message-ukraine-n1076736?yptr=yahoo).
* Other testimonies claimed that both Giuliani AND Sondland were central to the issue, but Sondland claimed at first that he had very limited interaction with Giuliani, and only to make a Ukraine meeting. “I do not recall having ever met with Mr. Giuliani in person, and I only spoke with him a few times,” according to [testimony](https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J9som8pVMQY-SehyYLeLsesIbGZ5x-t-/view).

The aid hold was by order of the President, as OMB heard in meeting on July 18.

* “And [the OMB rep] just stated to the rest of the those participants, either in person or video screens, that the head of the Office of Management and Budget who was the acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, at the direction of the President had put a hold on all security assistance to the Ukraine” – George Kent [testimony](http://web.archive.org/web/20191108022015/https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/CPRT-116-IG00-D009.pdf).

George Kent repeatedly disagrees with John Solomon, The Hill poster who pushed that Shokin’s arrest was because he wanted to investigate Biden, that Yovanovitch had a “do not prosecute” list, and that IG would accuse Comey of lying.

* “Q: And was the information that Mr. Lutsenko provided accurate, to your knowledge? A: No. It was, if not entirely made up in full cloth, it was primarily non-truths and non-sequiturs.” – [testimony](http://web.archive.org/web/20191108022015/https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/CPRT-116-IG00-D009.pdf).
* Lutsenko had himself taken back the claim [here](https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-ordered-ukraine-ambassador-removed-after-complaints-from-giuliani-others-11570137147). The Hill has not provided this update.

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