Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Sunday pushed back on suggestions that military aid to Ukraine was finally given after a whistleblower’s complaint, insisting the release reflected U.S. officials’ belief it was “worth the risk.”
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Jordan declared “there was never this quid pro quo.”
“[Ukraine President Volodymyr] Zelenskiy met five times with senior U.S. officials,” including his July 25 call with President Donald Trump,” he said.
“What did happen in those meetings, they all became convinced Zelenskiy is the real deal… he was worth the risk,” Jordan said.
“The Ukrainians did nothing as far as [corruption] investigations go,” Jordan added.
“There was never this quid pro quo that the Democrats all promised existed before President Trump released the phone call.”
Jordan also played down European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony being amended to include an accusation of Trump pressure on Ukraine to conduct corruption probes of Joe Biden and his son ahead of the release of military aid.
“His addendum to his testimony was ‘I presume this happened,’” Jordan said. “He’ll be in front of [the impeachment inquiry investigators] this week… we’ll see how his testimony plays out,” he said.
He added, however, Sondland “said there was never any quid pro quo in the text message responding to others” on a text chain.
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