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Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told Congress on Thursday that he had no knowledge of the Trump administration allegedly withholding foreign aid in exchange for information on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE or his son Hunter.

“Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong," Sondland said in the closed-door hearing, according to his opening statement. "Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong."

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Sondland, a key witness in the House's ongoing impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE, said he "did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings."

"In my opinion, security aid to Ukraine was in our vital national interest and should not have been delayed for any reason," he said. In his statement, Sondland also describes his participation in key meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Trump attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Teenager who filmed George Floyd's death to be honored 11 arrested after clashes at 'Jews for Trump' rally in New York MORE as well as conversations with Trump.

Read Sondland's opening statement to the congressional committees below.