Sondland: Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelensky promised during his campaign.
Note that Gordon Sondland, OUR Ambassador to the European Union, is focused on Trump’s “intentions,” which are unknowable, and an effort to evaluate something that has not yet happened (“is …going to adopt …reforms …promised”), which is impossible.
Of course, if things are unknowable and impossible, there is nothing to hold anyone to account for.
Which is one reason intentions are eminently preferable to acts and the road to hell is paved with them.
That OUR Ambassador is providing cover for Trump tells us the failure to respect the Constitution runs deep.
P.S. “Bill” is William Taylor, OUR chief representative in Ukraine.
Trump, probably because he does not consider spoken words to be acts, just came right out and asked for a “favor.” Then, the transcript of the conversation was hidden away in a super-secret computer system. Perhaps not even on Trump’s direction. Rather, personnel knowing wrong was going on tried to cover it up.
Volker ripped the covers off.
Why has Trump been attacking the “swamp” and the “deep state”? I suppose Republican regulars identified the civil service as an impediment and so he determined to intimidate them up front. Preemptive action. That’s the ticket. It just does not work.