Sunday shows fixate on upcoming Gordon Sondland testimony
The conversation was otherwise focused on the upcoming testimony of Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the EU, which is due to take place on Wednesday morning.
Sondland, one of the”Three Amigos” and a central figure of interest over the Ukraine scandal, has revised his original deposition to House investigators to include the admission that a quid pro quo was in play after all, prompting Trump defenders like Lindsey Graham to speculate he might be a “double agent”. Ridiculous, especially given that the man donated $1m (£771,000) to the persident’s inauguration committee.
On ABC’s This Week, New York Democrat Sean Maloney, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told George Stephanopoulos that Sondland could cast new light on what he argued amounts to “solicitation of a bribe”
On State of the Union, Democratic senator Chris Murphy said the ambassador would be spending his weekend deciding, “whether his primary loyalty is to America or whether his primary loyalty is to the president of the United States”.
And on Fox News Sunday, another Connecticut Democrat, Jim Himes, denied that the opposition’s case rested on Sondland. “I don’t think it blows a hole in the case… there is ample evidence that there was a corrupt deal being cooked up,” he told Chris Wallace.