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Vindman: “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where the gain would be for the President in investigating the son of a political opponent.”

Some takeaways from Hill and Vindman’s testimony. This post is cobbled togeher from a few sources including the [Washington Post](https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/11/08/mick-mulvaneys-new-quid-quo-pro-problem-other-takeaways-fiona-hills-alexander-vindmans-transcripts/) and [Business Insider](https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-takeaways-alexander-vindman-impeachment-testimony-2019-11).

# Mick Mulvaney is now thoroughly implicated in the quid pro quo

Sondland emphasized in his clarified testimony this week that Trump had not explicitly conveyed a quid pro quo to him. But both Hill and Vindman lay it at Mulvaney’s feet.

>“Ambassador Sondland, in front of the Ukrainians, as I came in, was talking about how he had an agreement with Chief of Staff Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians if they were going to go forward with investigations,” Hill said of the July 10 meeting that Bolton broke up.

Vindman added that Sondland said the quid pro quo “had been coordinated with (…) Mulvaney.”

“[Sondland] just said that he had had a conversation with Mr. Mulvaney, and this is what was required in order to get a meeting,” Vindman said.

Vindman is the **third witness so far** to point to Sondland’s relationship with Mulvaney.

Hill testified that during a July 21 meeting with Ukrainian officials, Sondland “was talking about how he had an agreement with Chief of Staff Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians if they were going to go forward with investigations.”

George Kent, a top State Department official, testified that Mulvaney coordinated Sondland’s presence at high level meetings vis-a-vis Ukraine policy, and that Mulvaney was the one who carried out Trump’s directive to freeze military aid.

# Sondland explicitly mentioned Biden as part of the Burisma investigation

Sondland testified that when he pushed for Ukraine to investigate Burisma, he had no idea the Bidens had anything to do with it.

But Vindman says Sondland, in a July 10 meeting, **explicitly mentioned Biden** as part of the Burisma investigation:

>Q: What did you hear Sondland say?
>
> VINDMAN: That the Ukrainians would have to deliver an investigation into the Bidens.
>
> Q: Into the Bidens. So in the Ward Room he mentioned the word “Bidens”?
>
>VINDMAN: To the best of my recollection, yes.

# A top Ukrainian official started asking about the frozen aid in mid-August, roughly two weeks before it was first publicly reported on.

This revelation from Vindman undercuts one of Trump’s key claims — that there couldn’t have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians didn’t know aid was being withheld.

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