House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-CA, paused Wednesday’s impeachment hearing to quickly brief the press on U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony.
Schiff told reporters that Amb. Sondland confirmed that there was a quid-pro-quo deal between President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Just want to make a couple quick observations while we’re on a break here because I think today’s testimony is among the most significant evidence to date. And what we have just heard from Ambassador Sondland is that the knowledge of this scheme, this conditioning of the White House meeting of the security assistance to get the deliverable the President wanted, these two political investigations that he believed would help his reelection campaign, was a basic quid-pro-quo ,” Schiff told reporters.
Upon his return to the hearing, Ranking Member Devin Nunes slammed Schiff for a desperate attempt to garner media attention. “For those of you watching at home, that was not a bathroom break, that was actually a chance for the Democrats to go out and hold a press conference Ambassador, for all the supposed bombshells that were in your opening testimony,” Nunes said.