Warren doubles down on pledge not to give diplomatic posts to donors

Warren doubles down on pledge not to give diplomatic posts to donors
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden, Sanders lead Democratic field: poll Advocates call for ObamaCare open enrollment extension after website glitches The Memo: 2020 Democratic tensions burst to surface MORE (D-Mass.) doubled down on her pledge to not give diplomatic posts to big donors during Wednesday night’s debate. 

“I’ve taken a pledge. Anyone who gives a big donation, don’t ask to be an ambassador. I ask everyone running for president to join me in that, and not a single person has so far,” Warren said.

Her answer came in the wake of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Democrat suggests Republicans took acting classes based on ability to 'suspend disbelief' Gaetz: We didn't impeach Obama even though 'a lot of constituents' think he abused his power MORE’s bombshell testimony earlier in the day as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. 

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“How did Ambassador Sondland get there?” Warren asked, adding that his only qualification was writing a “check for a million dollars.”

Warren announced her pledge to not give ambassador posts to wealthy donors in June when she unveiled a plan to improve the State Department. 

She said Wednesday that she hopes other 2020 Democratic candidates will join her in the pledge after Sondland's testimony. 

Sondland, a Republican megadonor, testified Wednesday that there was a clear quid pro quo in Trump’s interactions with Ukraine. He had previously denied that Trump leveraged a White House meeting and military aid in return for investigations into Trump’s political rivals.