The State Department told Gordon Sondland not to testify in the вЂњUkrainian caseвЂќ
Gordon Sondland. Photo: REUTERS / Francois Lenoir
US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland will not testify in Congress regarding the July telephone conversation between the presidents of the United States and Ukraine.
It is reported by The Guardian, referring to the lawyer Robert Luskin, who represents the interests of the diplomat.
вЂњAmbassador Sondland is deeply disappointed that today he will not be able to testify. He firmly believes that he has always acted in the best interests of the United States, and he is ready to answer the committee's questions completely and truthfully,вЂќ said Sondland's lawyer.
On October 8, the US ambassador to the EU arrived in Washington from Brussels to prepare for a congressional speech as part of an investigation into the grounds for impeaching President Donald Trump.
As expected, Sondland will tell if the White House put forward conditions for Trump to meet with Vladimir Zelensky. However, the U.S. Department of State forbade Sondland to testify.
вЂњHe is the current ambassador and civil servant and therefore is obliged to follow their instructions,вЂќ Luskin noted.
It is worth noting that the US House of Democrats previously warned the White House that any attempt to intervene with the Trump administration could be seen as an obstacle to the investigation, which may be considered a worthy reason for impeachment.
Representatives of the House, Representative Committee on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight have not yet commented on the decision of the State Department.