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House Intel Democrat: Sondland's testimony will show 'solicitation of a bribe'

House Intel Democrat: Sondland's testimony will show 'solicitation of a bribe'
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Rep. Sean MaloneySean Patrick MaloneyAudience cheers Maloney for getting Sondland to say he assumes Trump 'would benefit' from investigation into Bidens Applause breaks out after Vindman says he's not worried about testifying because 'this is America' Live coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings MORE (D-N.Y.) said 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 will show President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE participated in the “solicitation of a bribe.”

Maloney told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" that the “evidence is building” against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry. He said President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky demonstrated the White House was withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE and his son. 

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The Democrat, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said that qualifies as a “solicitation of a bribe” and an “impeachable offense under the Constitution.” The New York representative said Sondland would further confirm this narrative in his public testimony this week.

“Sadly, my friend Chris StewartChris StewartGeorgia AG rejects prosecutor's request for Rayshard Brooks case to be reassigned House Republicans ask for briefing on threats keeping National Guard in DC READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE is going to get his wish this week when we get testimony from Ambassador Sondland who at the president's instruction told the Ukrainians either go to a microphone and announce an investigation of the Bidens or there will not be military assistance,” he said, referencing fellow "This Week" guest Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah). “That is solicitation of a bribe."

The first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry took place last week. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster House Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow MORE (D-Calif.) launched an impeachment inquiry into the president after a whistleblower report detailed Trump’s ask to Zelensky for an investigation into Biden, days after the U.S. withheld military aid from the country.