Gordon Sondland: His memory is now conveniently refreshed!
Gordon Sondland: His memory is now conveniently refreshed! U.S. MISSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

In a damning piece of testimony released today, European Union Ambassador (and Trump-supporting Portlander) Gordon Sondland has reversed his previous testimony (read: he's caught and can no longer lie about it), and now admits that there definitely was a "quid pro quo" arrangement (read: bribery and extortion) between the president and Ukraine in which the country would receive congressionally-approved military aid in exchange for "investigating" unproven claims about the Bidens. Sondland even went as far as to label the shakedown as "insidious."

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This marks the sixth credible accusation of Trump's quid pro quo, and from a person that will be very hard to label as a "never Trumper" (the go-to defense the president has been using thus far). Sondland also admitted that he assumed—though he didn't know for a fact—that the deal was probably illegal.

OH, BUT IT GETS BETTER. In a blatant attempt to cover his own ass, Sondland went on to testify that Vice President Mike Pence (affectionately known as "Pounce" to the president) was also complicit in the scheme, speaking directly to Ukraine president Zelensky about the criminally withheld US military aid. From Sondland's testimony:


Republicans are naturally panicking, and will be attempting all sorts of corrupt jiu-jitsu in order to protect their president... including this choice nugget from the Washington Post:

Meanwhile, Republicans are considering changes to their lineup on the House Intelligence Committee ahead of public hearings on the impeachment inquiry, including the installation of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a boisterous Trump supporter.

Here are some of the smart tweets we've been seeing about this bombshell reporting.

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