Gordon Sondland expected to appear for House deposition

Gordon Sondland expected to appear for House deposition
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U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden to mark Tuesday anniversary of George Floyd's death Trump impeachment witness suing Pompeo, State over legal fees America's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke MORE is expected to appear for his scheduled House deposition next week, a House committee official confirmed to The Hill.

NBC previously reported that Sondland would appear, citing two congressional sources. The committee official confirmed in an email to The Hill that NBC's reporting was accurate.  

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Sondland was among a group of five current and former State Department officials Democrats have wanted to depose as part of their impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE over his dealings with Ukraine.

Leaders of the House Oversight, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence committees had sent a letter to the State Department seeking a deposition with Sondland next week, along with depositions with the other current and former officials.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book MORE later said the officials would not show up for the depositions, although since then, one of the officials has been questioned by lawmakers. 

Sondland was mentioned in a recently released whistleblower complaint over a phone call in which President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE

The complaint alleged that Sondland and former special envoy for Ukraine Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails CNN obtains audio of 2019 Giuliani call linked to Ukraine meddling allegations GOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe MORE visited Kiev and met with Zelensky and other figures after Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to look into Biden.