Star witness says senior officials were ‘in the loop’ on push for investigations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Pence and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney were among those whom Ambassador Gordon Sondland said were aware of the pressure on Ukraine for probes that could damage President Trump’s political opponents.
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Trump’s rebuttal to Sondland’s testimony? Quoting his own denials of quid pro quo.

The president and his allies seem to think this is a strong counter.
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