Murphy: Sondland has to decide if his loyalty is to America or Trump

Murphy: Sondland has to decide if his loyalty is to America or Trump
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Trump health chief: 'Not a need' for ObamaCare replacement plan right now Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover-up,' 'national disgrace' MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday 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 has to decide if his loyalty is to the country or to President Trump as the U.S. ambassador to the European Union prepares to testify publicly on Wednesday as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. 

CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSteyer says 'grassroots organizing' in Nevada, South Carolina got him on debate stage Pentagon chief says he 'didn't see' intelligence suggesting Iran planned to attack four US embassies Ex-White House press, military officials call on Grisham to restart regular briefings MORE asked Murphy if Democrats can trust Sondland as a "credible witness," after the ambassador revised testimony given behind closed doors earlier this month. 

"Gordon Sondland clearly didn't tell the truth in his initial testimony, I don't know why he decided to ultimately come clean," Murphy responded. 

"But he did so, and I think over the weekend Sondland has to decide whether his primary loyalty is to America or to the president of the United States." 

In his revised testimony, Sondland said he told a top Ukrainian official that that U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine announced public investigations that Trump had been requesting. 

The alleged quid pro quo deal is at the heart of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump. 

A top aide at the National Security Council, Tim Morrison, testified last month that Sondland pushed Ukraine – on behalf of Trump – to launch two investigations that could help the president politically.

According to testimony released on Saturday, Morrison said Sondland relayed to a top Ukrainian representative that the release of U.S. military aid to Kyiv hinged on the investigations Trump sought.