WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The White House has ordered the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, not to comply with the requirement that requires him to testify before the House of Representatives in the framework of the investigation for the impeachment process against the President of the country, Donald Trump.
Sondland's testimony is especially important because he was involved in the campaign of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to pressure the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, to promote an investigation into the role in a Ukrainian gas company of Hunter Biden, the Joe Biden's son.
Specifically, according to the American press, Sondland would have made efforts to organize meetings of Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, with senior officials from Ukraine, a country that is not part of the European Union and, therefore, out of scope geographical position of his position as US representative before the block.
Sondland is a hotel entrepreneur who was elected by Trump as US ambassador to the European Union after he was one of the donors of his campaign for the 2016 presidential election.
Given the requirement of the House of Representatives for the declaration before the corresponding commissions for the investigation of the 'impeachment', the White House has chosen to order that the ambassador not appear before the European Union, as they have told the newspaper 'The New York Times 'Two knowledgeable sources of the decision-making process.
According to the American newspaper, the White House has opted to breach the obligation of parliamentary appearance, exposing itself to unleashing the wrath of the congressmen, instead of facing the consequences that could be derived from its declaration before a parliamentary investigation that Trump calls illegitimate.
Trump himself has implied on Twitter that he is involved in the decision. “I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and a great American, to testify, but unfortunately I would be testifying before a farce of totally compromised trial,” he said.
In this regard, he said that “Republican rights have been eliminated” and “real events” are not taken into account, as a tweet published by Sondland and in which he denied that there were hidden “intentions” by the US president. “'The president has been clear: there is no' quid pro quo 'of any kind,” said Trump, who immediately added: “That says it all.”
Democrats in the House of Representatives have warned on several occasions that if the government tries to interfere in parliamentary investigation it could be considered as an obstruction to the work of the congressmen, which can be interpreted as another reason for the 'impeachment'.
Democrats consider Sondland a key witness in the context of the controversial call that President Trump made to the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, on July 25 to ask him for the “favor” to call on the Ukrainian Attorney General's Office to investigate Hunter Biden for his role as advisor in the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
The text messages delivered to Congress last week by the US special ex-envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker show that Sondland was involved in the pressure on Ukraine to launch an investigation into Biden and, in particular, in the wording of a statement that senior US officials wanted Zelenski to make public to commit to investigate Biden before the White House accepted the visit of the Ukrainian president to meet Trump in Washington.