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 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's testimony is a "guarantee" that the House will impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC 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.