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Key witness in Ukraine-Trump investigation ordered not to appear for deposition

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 08 2019 Oct 8, 2019 October 08, 2019 8:24 AM October 08, 2019 in News
Source: CNN
President Trump pictured with Gordon Sondland Photo: AP

WASHINGTON - The State Department has instructed Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, not to appear Tuesday for a scheduled interview with House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. 

Sondland appeared to be a key figure in the president's attempt to persuade Ukraine's new government to commit to an investigation into his political opponents.

According to Sondland's lawyer, Robert Luskin, the ambassador is "profoundly disappointed" he will not testify before Congress today.

He has no choice but to comply. "He is a sitting Ambassador and employee of State and is required to follow their direction," Luskin said.  

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