U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland will tell Congress Thursday that Rudy Giuliani was acting at the direction of President Donald Trump when he pushed Ukraine to investigate both the 2016 election and a natural gas firm tied to Hunter Biden, according to prepared testimony obtained by NBC News.
“We were also disappointed by the president’s direction that we involve Mr. Giuliani,” Sondland will tell congressional investigators, according to his opening statement, which was obtained by POLITICO.
Sondland said he contacted Giuliani anyway at Trump’s direction, and that Giuliani drew a direct link between scheduling a White House visit for Ukraine’s newly elected president and demands that Ukraine prioritize an investigation involving former Vice President Joe Biden as well as one connected to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“Mr. Giuliani specifically mentioned the 2016 election (including the DNC server) and Burisma as two anti-corruption investigatory topics of importance for the president,” Sondland will say. Biden’s son Hunter sat on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company.