A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal

A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal
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A dozen House Democrats are calling on Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland to resign amid the developing Ukraine controversy.

Twelve representatives responded to an NBC News survey for Democratic House members by saying Sondland should resign, while others said they would wait until after he testifies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to make a decision.

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“These text messages are deeply troubling. Mr. Sondland has lost credibility and must resign,” Connolly said to NBC News. 

Others such as Reps. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyHillicon Valley: UK allows Huawei to build 5G in blow to Trump | Lawmakers warn decision threatens intel sharing | Work on privacy bill inches forward | Facebook restricts travel to China amid virus Lawmakers claim progress on online privacy bill House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE (Ill.), Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeSanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Jewish advocates pressure social media platforms, Congress to regulate online anti-Semitic speech MORE (N.Y.) and Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteOvernight Energy: Critics question data behind new Trump water rule | Groups seek more time to comment on Trump environmental rollback | EPA under scrutiny over backlog of toxic waste cleanups Democrats demand plan as EPA hits largest backlog of toxic waste cleanups in 15 years Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides MORE (Colo.) said the ambassador should resign if the allegations are true, NBC News reported.

“If these allegations are true, anyone complicit in the president’s alleged attempts to pressure a foreign leader into interfering with our election should be removed from office immediately,” DeGette said to NBC News.

Sondland is set to appear for a scheduled House deposition Tuesday. 

The whistleblower report that launched an impeachment inquiry in the House mentioned that Sondland, who was appointed by the president, tried to help urge Ukraine to investigate the president's political opponents.

The report details Trump's July phone call with the Ukrainian president asking him to "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE and Biden's son. 

Text messages between Sondland and top Ukrainian embassy official William Taylor made public last week show that top U.S. diplomats worked to carry out Trump's desire for the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens.