CNN's King: Sondland's testimony just guaranteed the House will impeach Trump

CNN's John King declared Wednesday that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGraham's 'impeach Kamala' drumbeat will lead Republicans to a 2022 defeat GOP 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' MORE's testimony is a "guarantee" that the House will impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE.

The perspective from the "Inside Politics" anchor comes after Sondland said in a 42-minute opening statement to the House Intelligence Committee that there was a quid pro quo, with a meeting between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky conditioned on the country launching politically motivated investigations.

"What Sondland did today was guarantee the House of Representatives is going to impeach the president of the United States," King said. "If you had any doubt, if you had any doubt that the Democrats were going to blink at the last minute, that the Democrats were going to say 'because of this witness we’re not so sure, let’s leave it to the voters.'"


"Forget about that," he continued. "They now have Gordon Sondland, the central figure who says everyone was in the loop and everyone knew this is what we were doing and it came from the president and he told us to work through Rudy [Giuliani]. That’s all the Democrats need to go forward."

King also noted there is no indication a Republican lawmaker would break with the party to support impeachment.

Last month, no GOP House members voted to formalize a procedure for impeachment. Just two Democrats opposed the measure. 

Impeachment by the House would lead to a trial in the Senate, where a two-thirds vote is required in the Republican-controlled Senate to remove the president from office.