Sondland updated Pompeo on Ukraine pressure campaign: report

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandLatest Bolton revelations are no game-changer Trump legal team begins second day of arguments under Bolton furor House impeachment manager: 'Evidence against the president is overwhelming' MORE kept Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoNPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' NPR sends letter to State Dept. demanding answers for reporter's removal from trip Trump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims MORE updated on the White House’s pressure campaign against Ukraine, The New York Times reported early Wednesday.

Sondland, who is set to testify later in the day in the House impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE's dealings with Kyiv, in mid-August shared a draft statement with Pompeo intended to convince the president to meet with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, two people briefed told the Times.

The ambassador also reportedly talked with Pompeo about encouraging Zelensky to vow during a meeting between the leaders in Poland to take actions desired by Trump in order to improve U.S.-Ukraine relations. Pompeo reportedly approved this plan, but Trump later canceled his trip to Poland.


The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The impeachment inquiry began after a whistleblower complaint about a phone call in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE days after U.S. military aid to Ukraine was withheld.

The ambassador changed his testimony earlier this month to say there was a clear quid pro quo in the exchange of military aid for an investigation into Biden, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

Sondland is expected to face questioning about diplomat David Holmes's testimony, who indicated the ambassador did not tell House investigators about a phone call between him and Trump on July 26. Holmes testified Trump asked Sondland in this call if Zelensky committed to examining Biden.

The diplomat also told House investigators that Sondland told him that Trump was only interested in "big stuff" involving Ukraine like the "Biden investigation."

Sondland and former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerSekulow vows Bidens, Ukraine will be part of Trump impeachment defense GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE previously testified that in August, in order to satisfy the president, they worked with Ukrainian official Andriy Yermak on the probe into Biden and Burisma Holdings, the company whose board included Biden's son Hunter.