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 SondlandTrump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim McCabe: 'I don't think I will ever be free of this president and his maniacal rage' MORE’s testimony will show President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record 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 BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' 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 StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartHouse Republicans boycott public Intelligence panel hearing Trump considering Utah GOP lawmaker for top intelligence post: report  GOP lawmaker offering bill protecting LGBTQ rights with religious exemptions 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 PelosiPelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump 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.