Diplomat says there was a ‘quid pro quo’: A Trump meeting if Ukraine opened probes

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 investigations that could damage President Trump’s political opponents.
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Sondland’s testimony advances likely impeachment charge of obstruction

His assertion that the Trump administration kept him from accessing his own emails adds new ammunition to the Democrats’ charge that the White House tried to cover up its activities in Ukraine.
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Gordon Sondland is the most significant witness to date in the impeachment inquiry into Trump.
President Trump holds his notes as he speaks to reporters outside the White House on Wednesday. (Salwan Georges/The Post)
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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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Many Europeans are worried that the United States is no longer willing to exercise its leadership in NATO and that the alliance is growing obsolete.
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