Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, has been blocked by the White House from being testify to the Congress.
Sondland who is to questioned on matters including the role he and other officials played in crafting a statement in August in which Ukraine would commit to opening a corruption investigation in exchange for a White House meeting between Mr. Trump and the Ukrainian president.
Gordon Sondland is set to be deposed Tuesday by House lawyers as part of the congressional impeachment inquiry looking into President Trump’s effort to press Kyiv for investigations of Joe Biden and other matters.
The U.S. ambassador to the European Union is expected to be questioned on matters including the role that he and other officials played in crafting a statement in August in which Ukraine would commit to opening a corruption investigation in exchange for a White House meeting between Mr. Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In that effort, the U.S. officials turned to an outside adviser: Rudy Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer.
Mr. Giuliani had said he met the previous week with a top aide to Mr. Zelensky. After that meeting, Mr. Sondland and Kurt Volker, U.S. special envoy for Ukraine negotiations, learned that Ukraine was considering issuing a statement on investigations they would pursue according to text messages released by House lawmakers last week.
When Mr. Volker and Mr. Sondland discussed the draft statement with Mr. Giuliani, the lawyer asked that it specifically name Burisma Group, a Ukrainian gas company where Mr. Biden’s son had once sat on the board, according to a person familiar with Mr. Volker’s closed-door testimony to House lawmakers last week.