Chris Wallace: Sondland testimony 'took out the bus and ran over' Trump, top aides

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' House Republican: Cheney has 'failed' GOP conference Facebook oversight board member on Capitol rioters: Trump was 'egging them on' MORE said that Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandAmerica's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke Graham's 'impeach Kamala' drumbeat will lead Republicans to a 2022 defeat GOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' MORE, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, "took out the bus and ran over" President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE and some of his top aides while testifying in the House impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. 

"I think what Sondland was trying to do here is protect himself more than he is to protect anybody else," Wallace said on Fox News during the network's coverage of the public impeachment hearing.

"To a certain degree, he took out the bus and ran over President Trump, Vice President Pence, [Secretary of State] Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE, [former national security adviser] John BoltonJohn BoltonRepublicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Trump pushes back on Bolton poll Hillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions MORE, [Trump's personal attorney] Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMichael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says client had 'Foxitis,' 'Foxmania' Giuliani lays off staffers: report MORE, [acting White House chief of staff] Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE," he added. "He implicates all of them."


Sondland has emerged as a central figure in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into allegations about Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to open political investigations and whether the president conditioned military aid on the announcement of those probes. 

In his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee, Sondland testified that Trump conditioned a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the leader announcing investigations into 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE and the 2016 presidential election. 

Sondland, a wealthy hotelier and GOP megadonor, said that this connection was well known within the administration. 

“I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes,” Sondland said. 

Sondland mentioned figures such as Giuliani, Pence and Pompeo during his opening statement. He said that "everyone was in the loop" about the link between Ukraine opening investigations and a White House meeting. He noted that he and other officials reluctantly worked with Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, on matters related to Ukraine. 


"Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine," he said. "So we followed the president's orders."

Sondland also claimed that he raised concerns about Ukraine aid to Pence, an allegation that the vice president's office has denied

Speaking on Fox News, Wallace noted that Sondland never said that Trump directly told him that military aid was conditioned on opening investigations. But he said that the ambassador's testimony "certainly makes it clear that in the direct conversations he has with the president he saw a conditionality here.”

Trump dismissed the potential implications of the new testimony, saying that he does not know Sondland "very well."

"Here is my response that he just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I want nothing. That’s what I want from Ukraine," Trump told reporters outside the White House. "I want nothing — I said it twice."