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Trump bashed Nancy Pelosi for an impeachment quote. It actually came from a Fox News reporter.

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Lauren Alaina addresses John Crist split amid sexual assault scandal: Breakups are ‘always hard’

Country singer Lauren Alaina said breakups are “always hard” after being asked about her recent split from embattled Christian comedian John Crist.

Crist was accused of sexual assault in a bombshell report by Charisma News earlier this month. Multiple women came forward and accused him of manipulating them and attempting to leverage his fame, “initiating sexual relationships with married women and women in committed relationships” and “offering show tickets in exchange for sexual favors.”

Alaina, 25, revealed in September that she and the comic split shortly before she began her run on Season 28 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN JOHN CRIST ADMITS TO ‘DESTRUCTIVE AND SINFUL’ BEHAVIOR AFTER MULTIPLE WOMEN COME FORWARD

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Crist, left, and country singer Lauren Alaina, right, broke up in September. (Official/Getty)

In a new interview, Alaina said she hasn’t spoken to her ex.

“I have not talked to him recently, no. But I wish him and everyone in his story the best,” she told Entertainment Tonight on Monday. “I’m not really involved in that.”

“A breakup is always hard, but I’ve just been really focused on myself and dancing each week and doing my best,” Alaina said.

She added: “All I want to do is the right steps on that dance floor.”

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Crist, pictured here in 2016, said he has “privately sought and received professional treatment for my sexual sin and addiction struggles.” (Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

After the report was published, Crist released the following statement: “Over the past number of years, various women have accused me of behavior that has been hurtful to them.

“While I am not guilty of everything I’ve been accused of, I confess to being guilty of this — I have treated relationships with women far too casually, in some cases even recklessly. My behavior has been destructive and sinful,” Crist added. “I’ve sinned against God, against women and the people who I love the most. I have violated my own Christian beliefs, convictions and values, and have hurt many people in the process.”

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Crist has canceled his upcoming tour, and his Netflix special, “I Ain’t Prayin’ for That,” due on Thanksgiving Day, is “on hold.”

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Washington Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway ejected for spitting during nasty brawl vs. Anaheim Ducks

Washington Capitals winger Garnet Hathaway was ejected from Monday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks for spitting during a brawl with Erik Gudbranson.

The incident occurred toward the end of the second period, when Washington’s Brendan Leipsic incited the brawl by colliding with Anaheim’s Derek Grant. Nearly all of the skaters on the ice were involved in the fight, which included Hathaway fighting the Ducks’ Gudbranson, Grant and Nick Ritchie.

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As Hathaway and Gudbranson tussled with referees in the middle trying to split them both apart, Hathaway appeared to spit in Gudbranson’s face. Officials double-checked the video before confirming a five-minute match penalty and game misconduct for Hathaway.

“Unfortunately, spit came out of my mouth after I got sucker punched and it went onto him,” Hathaway said after the game. “It has no place. It was an emotional play by me. You don’t plan any of that stuff in your head, and it was a quick reaction and unfortunately the wrong one for me to a sucker punch.”

COLORADO AVALANCHE ANGRY OVER REFS’ DECISION TO CONTINUE POSSESSION AS PLAYER WAS BLOODIED FROM SHOT

Gudbranson received a 10-minute misconduct penalty and Ritchie was ejected for being the third man into a fight. Gudbranson expressed his anger with Hathaway after the game.

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Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) scuffles with Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, second from left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, in Washington. Also seen is Capitals center Chandler Stephenson, second from right, and Ducks center Derek Grant (38). (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

“That’s about as low as you dig a pit, really,” he said. “It’s a bad thing to do. It’s something you just don’t do in a game, and he did it.”

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The nasty fight overshadowed the Capitals’ 5-2 win.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Stop Assuming Republican Senators Will Do the Right Thing

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Stop Assuming Republican Senators Will Do the Right Thing

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Derek Jeter leads newcomers on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Derek Jeter led the nearly two dozen newcomers on the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday as he looks to become the newest former New York Yankees star in Cooperstown.

Jeter, now the current Miami Marlins CEO, is thought to have the best shot to be selected into the hallowed halls unanimously. The 14-time All-Star shortstop played 20 seasons with the Yankees, won five World Series titles, had a career batting average of .310 and recorded 3,465 hits.

TWINS PROSPECT RYAN COSTELLO FOUND DEAD AT 23 IN NEW ZEALAND HOTEL ROOM

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New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter (2) reacts after hitting a fly-out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (AP)

Other newcomers on the ballot include Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Paul Konerko, Rafael Furcal, Bobby Abreu, and Alfonso Soriano.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are among the holdovers from ballots past. Bonds received 59.1 percent of the vote while Clemens received 59.5 percent of the vote on last year’s ballot. Both players are on the ballot for the eighth time.

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More than 400 Baseball Writers Association of America members with at least 10 consecutive years in the organization are set to vote on which candidates make it to the Hall of Fame. A player must receive at least 75 percent of the vote. Ballots are mailed in by Dec. 31 and the nominees are announced Jan. 21

Players can remain on the ballot for up to 10 years as long as they receive more than 5 percent of the vote annually.

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Former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina were elected last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A New Chapter For Sudan

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Sudan is in the midst of massive change. In September, a new 18-member cabinet took the official oath of office, a milestone for the historic joint civilian-military council. And now, as ousted former President Omar al-Bashir awaits trial for corruption, Sudan is beginning to rebuild itself. It just announced a nine-month economic rescue plan.

These changes come on the heels of a tumultuous summer. For months, people flooded the streets in protest, demanding democracy and a better standard of living. After Sudan gained independence in 1956, it experienced decades of political instability, including coups and civil wars. In 1997, the U.S. implemented sanctions against it because of human rights abuses. This limited foreign investment and slowed the economy.

At the beginning of the millenium, a genocidal campaign in the Darfur region contributed to the split of Sudan in 2011 into two countries, paralleling already-existing religious and cultural divides. The countries became Sudan, whose capital is Khartoum, and South Sudan, whose capital is Juba.

The split caused the north to lose a major source of revenue from oil, which was discovered in the southern region in 1969. Under a united Sudan, the country produced as much as 490,000 barrels a day. Oil accounted for 95 percent of the country’s exports and roughly half of the government’s total revenue.

To make up for budget deficits caused by sanctions and loss of oil revenue, the Sudanese government started printing money. This caused rapid inflation. In Khartoum, the price of fuel went from 8.5 to 14 Sudanese pounds. The price of cooking gas went from 15 to 25 Sudanese pounds.

High fuel prices drove up the cost of transporting imported and homegrown food. This was compounded by a weakening currency. In response to growing public anger, Sudan’s government put subsidies on fuel and food. But despite this, costs stayed high.

In January 2017, former U.S. President Barack Obama lifted the now 20-year-old trade sanctions, saying that Sudan had reduced “offensive military activity.” In response, Sudan announced that it would lift subsidies on food and fuel by 2019, a move meant to increase foreign investment and remittances. But people remained hungry, and fuel prices stayed high. People were growing restless, pushed further and further to the edge as these staples became more and more inaccessible.

In January 2018, protests over high bread prices broke out, In one incident, police fired tear gas on a crowd of about 400 demonstrators. Some reported use of live ammunition and batons on crowds. Protestors called for Bashir to leave. In February 2019, Bashir declared a national state of emergency, dismissed the government, and replaced members of the federal government with members of the security forces. In April 2019, thousands of protestors stormed the military’s headquarters in Khartoum. Some members of the police sided with the protestors. Some security forces continued tear gassing crowds. At one point, some members of the army began actively protecting protestors. On April 11th, the military officially announced that Omar al-Bashir was ousted. His 30-year-reign had ended.

Currently, al-Bashir is in prison, awaiting trial for corruption, among other charges. In the meantime, new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi have created a nine-month “economic rescue plan.” While its exact details are unknown, so far it includes steps for reducing inflation, restructuring the banking sector, re-working the tax system, and more, Elbadawi told reporters.

Remember the food and fuel subsidies that Sudan said it would lift by 2019? Subsidies are in place currently, even though the prices are still high. The government hopes to remove them, but not until it has created a social support system for the most vulnerable.

Sudan is strapped for cash. The country’s finance minister told reporters that it needs 5 billion dollars for the budget to “prevent economic collapse.” And while the IMF has supplied policy support, neither the IMF nor the World Bank can supply funds for Sudan because it is still on the U.S. list of countries that are deemed sponsors of terrorism . Being on this list blocks a country from receiving financing or debt relief from these groups.

Sudan’s economy is still rocky, and staples like food and fuel are still expensive. But al-Bashir’s 30-year-reign is over. A power-sharing deal is in place — and democracy is slowly getting a real shot.

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Sophia Loren recalls striptease scene from ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’

At age 85, Sophia Loren is keeping busy.

The Oscar-winning actress is appearing in a series of intimate onstage conversations across the country about a career spanning more than five decades. And she’s reminiscing about her life and the many adventures she’s had through the years.

The Italian icon, who is recognized as one of the last surviving stars from Hollywood’s golden era, is also back on front of the camera for a film called “La Vita Davanti a Sé” (“The Life Ahead”), in which she plays a Holocaust survivor who develops a bond with a 12-year-old Senegalese boy. The movie is Loren’s first feature film in a decade and is being directed by Edoardo Ponti, her son, who has directed her in two other films, Variety reported.

Loren spoke to Fox News about why she’s telling all for fans, how she feels about sex-symbol status, and taking memorable photos.

RAQUEL WELCH RECALLS STARRING IN ‘ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.’: ‘I ALMOST DIED’

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Sophia Loren is keeping busy, careerwise, at the age of 85. (Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images)

CATWOMAN JULIE NEWMAR DESCRIBES LIFE AS THE SEDUCTIVE ‘BATMAN’ VILLAIN

Fox News: What inspired you to do an event like “An Evening with Sophia Loren”?
Sophia Loren: It’s really wonderful to do something like this. I have the opportunity to see so many people that I don’t know, but they know me. They always have questions about my movies and I’m happy to answer them. It truly is wonderful to give them this opportunity for us to finally speak with one another.

Fox News: You’re still celebrated as an icon in Hollywood and a sex symbol. How do you feel about those titles?
Loren: Oh my God, it’s wonderful, don’t you think? Oh, I think it’s wonderful, yes. Even my children know of these titles *laughs*. They say, “Mom, you are this” or “Mom, you are that.” I enjoy it very much.

Fox News: How do you feel about your famous scene in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”?
Loren: Which one?
Fox News: The striptease scene, of course.
Loren: Ah, the strip scene. Well, it was part of the picture, part of the scene we had to do. And it was really fun to give Marcello Mastroianni a chance to be terribly funny, as he was, actually. And that was, I think, really the brilliancy of the film. We had a lot of fun bringing that scene to life. And I think that still shows today. I love that people still appreciate it and it makes them laugh a lot. It makes me happy to still make audiences smile.

RAQUEL WELCH TALKS WORKING WITH ROBERT WAGNER, MEETING ELVIS PRESLEY AND FRANK SINATRA

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Italian actress Sophia Loren performs a striptease in a scene from the film “Leri, Oggi, Domani” (‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”), 1963. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA REFLECTS ON HER LASTING SUCCESS AS A SEX SYMBOL

Fox News: It seems like you’ve never taken a bad photo. What is your secret?
Loren: I’m photogenic. I photograph well, what can I do? But it’s not just about taking good photos. It’s about working with a photographer who knows how to capture the real you. But really, to take a good photo means you must have fun at the moment, even if you feel a little ridiculous.

Fox News: What advice would you give to a young Sophia Loren starting in Hollywood for the first time?
Loren: I don’t know. I have no idea. … Making movies is not so simple. You have to earn the work and learn the many lessons from them. You never truly know what is waiting for you, what is ahead of you, even if you think you do. I think of it as a long walk. But it was one I was very glad to do.

You have to always be prepared, cope with both the acceptances and the rejections, but not let the rejections stop you from working. You have to be prepared to do things you have never done in your life. These are not things you learn in school to be an actress. You have to just look forward, jump and go. Sometimes you will fall, but not many times.

‘KNIGHT RIDER’ STAR REBECCA HOLDEN RECALLS ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY WITH DAVID HASSELHOFF, WHY SHE LEFT SERIES

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Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, her spouse, at the Cannes Film Festival, circa 1959. (Getty)

MARILYN MONROE PHOTOGRAPHER DOUGLAS KIRKLAND RECALLS HOW SEX SYMBOL ‘WAS JUST AN EXCITING TEASE’ DURING SHOOT

Fox News: What was the secret behind your lasting marriage to Carlo Ponti?
Loren: My only marriage. … I married once in my life, and that was a wonderful marriage. It was a marriage of love. It was a wonderful moment in my life. We have two beautiful children, and my family is always with me, always around me. … I never forget.

Fox News: Is it true you burned your diaries? Or is that Hollywood legend?
Loren: You know, maybe sometimes I like to say these things *laughs*… Sometimes you burn the things you don’t want to burn. Maybe that’s possible, but it was not because I didn’t like my life. No, not at all. My life is inside of me. Nobody can cope with it and nobody can say, “No, no, you forgot.” No, I never forget. … Also, it’s like a joke you know? It’s not a serious thing — sometimes. Fortunately for me, sometimes I have a nice sense of humor.

Fox News: Prince Harry recently spoke out about coping with intense media scrutiny. Would you give him any advice?
Loren: You know, I don’t really like to talk about other people’s lives because it’s not your life. To say someone’s right or not right? It’s not fair. People have to live, people have to breathe, people [have the right] to have children and be happy. … People deserve happiness.

MAE WEST’S ASSISTANT SAYS ‘30S SEX SYMBOL WASN’T A FAN OF NUDITY IN FILMS

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Italian actress Sophia Loren is lying on her belly holding her head up and playing with her hair while looking at the camera. She is wearing a white fur around her body. (Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images)

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Fox News: What’s inspiring you lately? 
Loren: Life. Because I find if you don’t take the opportunity to do things at the right time, what are you waiting for? … And my family inspires me. I have two beautiful children and they gave me children. So for me, I’m always surrounded by a great, great love every day. I think every day is an opportunity for life, to do something you want to do. That inspires me… You just love yourself and you love what you do.

Fox News: It’s been said you live in Geneva. What’s life like for you today?
Loren: Geneva is very, very close to Italy so I am never far away. When I’m in Rome, I’m with my sister. But I chose Geneva a long time ago before I had my children because it was a very quiet place to live… And it’s peaceful. But whenever I want to go to Italy, I just get on a train or plane and I’m there. And then I get to be with my sisters and my friends. Italy will always be in my heart.

Fox News: It seems like you’ve done it all. What would you want your legacy to be?
Loren: Oh, it’s a little bit too early to think about that. To be remembered? I’m still alive *laugh*. I’m full of pep! I’m full of things I want to do. It’s a little bit premature to think about that. No, no, no — it’s too early.

CATWOMAN JULIE NEWMAR RELEASES NEW PORTRAIT FOR HER 86TH BIRTHDAY

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Director/actor Edoardo Ponti, actress Sophia Loren and conductor Carlo Ponti Jr. arrive at AFI FEST 2014 Presented By Audi – A Special Tribute To Sophia Loren at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014, in Hollywood. (Barry King/FilmMagic/Getty)

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Sophia Loren will be attending “An Unforgettable Evening with Sophia Loren on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 at Maryland’s Robert Parilla Performing Arts Center. She will then appear at the California Center for the Arts on Nov. 24.

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A New Chapter For Sudan

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Sudan is in the midst of massive change. In September, a new 18-member cabinet took the official oath of office, a milestone for the historic joint civilian-military council. And now, as ousted former President Omar al-Bashir awaits trial for corruption, Sudan is beginning to rebuild itself. It just announced a nine-month economic rescue plan.

These changes come on the heels of a tumultuous summer. For months, people flooded the streets in protest, demanding democracy and a better standard of living. After Sudan gained independence in 1956, it experienced decades of political instability, including coups and civil wars. In 1997, the U.S. implemented sanctions against it because of human rights abuses. This limited foreign investment and slowed the economy.

At the beginning of the millenium, a genocidal campaign in the Darfur region contributed to the split of Sudan in 2011 into two countries, paralleling already-existing religious and cultural divides. The countries became Sudan, whose capital is Khartoum, and South Sudan, whose capital is Juba.

The split caused the north to lose a major source of revenue from oil, which was discovered in the southern region in 1969. Under a united Sudan, the country produced as much as 490,000 barrels a day. Oil accounted for 95 percent of the country’s exports and roughly half of the government’s total revenue.

To make up for budget deficits caused by sanctions and loss of oil revenue, the Sudanese government started printing money. This caused rapid inflation. In Khartoum, the price of fuel went from 8.5 to 14 Sudanese pounds. The price of cooking gas went from 15 to 25 Sudanese pounds.

High fuel prices drove up the cost of transporting imported and homegrown food. This was compounded by a weakening currency. In response to growing public anger, Sudan’s government put subsidies on fuel and food. But despite this, costs stayed high.

In January 2017, former U.S. President Barack Obama lifted the now 20-year-old trade sanctions, saying that Sudan had reduced “offensive military activity.” In response, Sudan announced that it would lift subsidies on food and fuel by 2019, a move meant to increase foreign investment and remittances. But people remained hungry, and fuel prices stayed high. People were growing restless, pushed further and further to the edge as these staples became more and more inaccessible.

In January 2018, protests over high bread prices broke out, In one incident, police fired tear gas on a crowd of about 400 demonstrators. Some reported use of live ammunition and batons on crowds. Protestors called for Bashir to leave. In February 2019, Bashir declared a national state of emergency, dismissed the government, and replaced members of the federal government with members of the security forces. In April 2019, thousands of protestors stormed the military’s headquarters in Khartoum. Some members of the police sided with the protestors. Some security forces continued tear gassing crowds. At one point, some members of the army began actively protecting protestors. On April 11th, the military officially announced that Omar al-Bashir was ousted. His 30-year-reign had ended.

Currently, al-Bashir is in prison, awaiting trial for corruption, among other charges. In the meantime, new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi have created a nine-month “economic rescue plan.” While its exact details are unknown, so far it includes steps for reducing inflation, restructuring the banking sector, re-working the tax system, and more, Elbadawi told reporters.

Remember the food and fuel subsidies that Sudan said it would lift by 2019? Subsidies are in place currently, even though the prices are still high. The government hopes to remove them, but not until it has created a social support system for the most vulnerable.

Sudan is strapped for cash. The country’s finance minister told reporters that it needs 5 billion dollars for the budget to “prevent economic collapse.” And while the IMF has supplied policy support, neither the IMF nor the World Bank can supply funds for Sudan because it is still on the U.S. list of countries that are deemed sponsors of terrorism . Being on this list blocks a country from receiving financing or debt relief from these groups.

Sudan’s economy is still rocky, and staples like food and fuel are still expensive. But al-Bashir’s 30-year-reign is over. A power-sharing deal is in place — and democracy is slowly getting a real shot.

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Trump Donor Gordon Sondland’s Testimony Could Be An Impeachment Turning Point

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In seeking to deny the existence of a quid pro quo that’s become the center of an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is relying on the testimony of Gordon Sondland, a hotel magnate who secured his position as ambassador after giving $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

Sondland is set to publicly testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday in what has the potential to be the most consequential day of the impeachment saga thus far. Sondland, other officials have testified, was a key figure in the apparent plot to condition the release of U.S. military aid on the Ukrainians announcing an investigation into 2020 political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. 

The first week of hearings in the impeachment inquiry largely featured testimony from cooperative witnesses. As the White House blocked certain primary witnesses from testifying, Republicans complained that the witnesses who did appear lacked firsthand knowledge of the alleged scheme.

Sondland does have firsthand knowledge of key facts, and his testimony could be combative. The self-described lifelong Republican already had to correct the record following closed-door testimony on Oct. 17, and several other government officials have offered accounts that contrast with Sondland’s. 

Sondland, whom Trump named U.S. ambassador to the European Union, took on a major role in Ukrainian policy. He was in communication with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who was working with two indicted Ukrainian Americans who sought the ouster of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Sondland, in his testimony last month, sought to portray himself as disappointed by Giuliani’s involvement in foreign relations. Sondland told lawmakers that Trump was “skeptical that Ukraine was serious about reforms and anti-corruption” and that it was “apparent” that Giuliani was “the key to changing the President’s mind on Ukraine.” 

He claimed he was “disappointed” by Trump’s instructions to involve Giuliani but that he “did not understand until much later that Mr. Giuliani’s agenda might have also included an effort to prompt the Ukrainians to investigate [former] Vice President Biden or his son, or to involve Ukrainians directly or indirectly in the President’s 2020 reelection campaign.”

Sondland, who said he believed he spoke to Trump five or six times since becoming ambassador, claimed he had “no idea” that Trump had brought up the Bidens in the call until the White House released a summary of Trump’s July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

But testimony from other officials raised doubts about Sondland’s story. One key scene took place at a restaurant in Kyiv over the summer, when Sondland called up the president ahead of Trump’s call with Zelensky. 

“So, he’s going to do the investigation?” Trump asked, according to testimony from State Department official David Holmes, who will testify publicly on Thursday. “He’s going to do it,” Sondland told Trump, according to Holmes. After the Sondland-Trump calls, Holmes said Sondland agreed that Trump didn’t “give a shit about Ukraine” and cared only about the “big stuff.” 

Holmes said he’d “never seen anything like” what he witnessed: someone calling the president from a cellphone in a restaurant in a foreign country and having such a candid conversation. 

Holmes said he was surprised that the sensitive conversation took place on a non-secure cellphone call in the middle of a restaurant. “We generally assume that mobile communications in Ukraine are being monitored.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that Sondland kept White House officials informed of his activities, and Sondland emailed acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Energy Secretary Rick Perry ahead of a call between Zelensky and Trump and said the Ukrainian president would assure Trump “that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone.’”

For Democrats, Sondland is a compelling antagonist in the impeachment drama. They can portray him as an unqualified political appointee who had no diplomatic experience before he essentially bought a key position in the Trump administration and acted as Trump’s yes man as he tried to use U.S. military aid for political gain. 

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