Applause As Maloney Wrenches Answer From Sondland

After a prolonged bout of questioning, Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) finally pinned down the squirmy Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, successfully pushing him to admit that a sham investigation into the Bidens would politically benefit President Donald Trump.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1264016

Eels are slippery, but they can be caught!

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This guy probably rues the day he bought that ambassadorship. Next time, maybe he’ll take an online course on how to ambassador or something.

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A moment for the ages. Maloney hung him on a coat peg by the back of his jacket and walked away.

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:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

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“So with all do respect sir, we appreciate your candor, but let’s be really clear about what it took to get it out of you,” Maloney concluded, holding Sondland’s gaze in the now dead-quiet hearing room.

“Mr Sondland, have you ever seen the inside of a jail cell?”

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Next time, maybe he’d take an online course on how to stay away from mediocre mobbed up real estate grifters.

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“Being Ambassador for Dummies?”

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Please, TPM, it’s “due respect.”

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“Fair enough,” Maloney shot back. “You’ve been very forthright and this is your third try to do so, sir. Didn’t work so well the first time, did it?

Game, set, match.

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Yes, Sondland certainly is an ambassador for a dummy.

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IMO, this should prompt the Senate to point out to a potential ambassador to a strategic country, that they too, may be called in front of congress someday to answer questions on their meetings. A potential ambassador should be counseled to take copious notes in their meetings and of their phone calls. The fact that Sondland had to amend his testimony multiple time would likely have not been the case had he been like some of the other witnesses who stated in their hearings that the referred to their own notes (Mr. Kent, Ms. Williams, and Ambassador Taylor clearly stated this).

Ambassador Sondland indicated that he was not a note taker, and that he had asked to have records of calls and meetings that he knew existed made available to him to prepare for his testimony. Both the State Department and the White House refused. I saw Ambassador Sondland as someone who plainly saw that he had gotten in over his head, and I bet he wished that someone had advised him before hand that taking notes would be a good idea.

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SIgh….Due respect, dude. It’s due respect. We all do respect your efforts TPM, but we give comments with all due respect.

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Sondland. Only the best people.

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What is obvious from Sondland’s testimony – basically agreeing with everybody unless they were actually pinning him down – was that he wanted to avoid taking the blame but didn’t want to openly admit that he was either used unwittingly, used with his own eagerness, or both.

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I’m very proud to share a last name with the representative from New York.

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Well, so much for Trump University.

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Thank God for Maloney!

Soundland was pitiful wanted his cake and eat it too.

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This is some news to wake up to.

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