- A text from William B. Taylor Jr. Jr. dated July 10 reflected that “S” (Secretary Pompeo) directed him to talk to Rudolph W. Giuliani about Ukraine.
- In an email dated July 19 sent to Pompeo and a raft of senior officials, Sondland said that he had briefed Zelensky for the July 25 call and needed to “turn over every stone,” a reference to the Burisma and 2016 investigations, the same investigations Trump spoke about on the July 25 call, adding in Biden’s name.
- Sondland on Aug. 11 sent an email to Pompeo’s counselor and a top aide, Lisa Kenna, stating he had helped draft a statement that would guarantee the “deliverables” need to have a big news conference; Kenna said she would pass it on to Pompeo, which in the absence of his testimony we must assume he read.
- On Aug. 22, Sondland emailed Pompeo directly talking about a way to alleviate the “logjam” (the aid holdup). Pompeo said yes. Pompeo approved the plan and not unsurprisingly, “Sondland testified that because Pompeo listened in on the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky, he would know that the ‘issues of importance to Potus’ were the investigations into 2016 and Burisma.”
Emails from Aug. 11 and Aug. 22 show not only that Sondland was updating Pompeo on his activities, but that the secretary was approving the plans to get Zelenksy to commit to the politically charged investigations.In the Aug. 22 email, Sondland said he hoped that Zelensky could meet Trump in Warsaw, and that he would encourage Zelensky “to look him in the eye” and tell him that by mid-September he “should be able to move forward and with confidence on those issues of importance to Potus and the US.”“Hopefully that will break the logjam,” he added. ... Sondland said he was referring to the 2016 and Burisma investigations — exactly what he had been referencing earlier that month, on Aug. 9, when he told then-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker over texts that Trump “really wants the deliverable.”