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 MaloneyEntire NY Democratic congressional delegation now calling for Cuomo's resignation The Memo: Democrats torn over whether Trump's absence helps party Audience cheers Maloney for getting Sondland to say he assumes Trump 'would benefit' from investigation into Bidens MORE (D-N.Y.) said Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden to mark Tuesday anniversary of George Floyd's death Trump impeachment witness suing Pompeo, State over legal fees America's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke MORE’s testimony will show President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling 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 BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' 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 StewartTwo coaches charged with murder in basketball player's death after practice New mask guidelines trigger backlash It's time to call the 'Ghost Army' what they are: Heroes 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 PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power 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.