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

Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' Jeffries: Calling new witnesses for Senate trial part of following the 'Clinton model' Graham: Immediate dismissal of impeachment articles 'dead for practical purposes' MORE said that Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandSenate rejects subpoenaing Mulvaney to testify in impeachment trial The Memo: Day One shows conflicting narratives on impeachment GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, "took out the bus and ran over" President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE, [former national security adviser] John BoltonJohn BoltonThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial MORE, [Trump's personal attorney] Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSenate rejects subpoenaing Mulvaney to testify in impeachment trial GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid Citizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman MORE, [acting White House chief of staff] Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution MORE," he added. "He implicates all of them."

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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 joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' 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. 

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"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."