Pence Spokesman Denies Sondland Testimony Linking Him To Ukraine Scandal
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified on Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence was aware of concerns over military aid to Ukraine being frozen until the government committed to investigating Joe Biden.
But a spokesman for Pence adamantly denied that the vice president spoke with Sondland on the issue.
According to RawStory, Marc Short responded to Sondland’s testimony on Tuesday saying, “The Vice President never had a conversation with Gordon Sondland about investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based upon potential investigations.”
The EU ambassador told House impeachment investigators that he informed Pence of his concerns about the military aid being tied to an announcement of investigations prior to the vice president’s meeting with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in September.
President Donald Trump was slated to meet with Zelensky in Warsaw on Sept. 1 but sent Pence in his place as he monitored the hurricane situation at home.
“Zelensky then raised the issue about the delayed aid with Pence, but he did not specify that the holdup was related to Trump’s request for an investigation,” RawStory noted.