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Ambassador Gordon Sondland said that President Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, sought to condition a White House invite for Ukraine's new president to demands that his country publicly launch investigations that could damage Trump's political opponents.
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He is the ambassador to the European Union.
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A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a military drone during night combat against Russia-backed separatists. (Getty Images)
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