David Holmes: Sondland Complained That Every Time Giuliani Gets Involved He ‘F***s Everything Up’
David Holmes has testified that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland cricitized Rudy Giuliani in stark terms. The diplomat was speaking before the public impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump when he quoted Sondland, who gave damning testimony yesterday.
“Around the same time, I became aware that Mr. Giuliani, a private lawyer, was taking a direct role in Ukrainian diplomacy,” Holmes said.
“On April 25th, Ivan Bakanov, who was Mr. Zelensky’s childhood friend and campaign chair, and was ultimately appointed the head of the security services of Ukraine, indicated to me privately that he had been contacted by, quote, someone named Giuliani who said he was an adviser to the vice president.
“I reported Mr. Bakanov’s message to Deputy Secretary of State George Kent,” Holmes went on. “Over the follow months it became apparent Mr. Giuliani was having a direct influence on the foreign policy agenda that the three amigos were executing on the ground in Ukraine.”
“In fact, at one point during a preliminary meeting of the inaugural delegation, someone wondered aloud why Mr. Giuliani was so active in the media with respect to Ukraine. My recollection is that Ambassador Sondland stated, quote, ‘Damn it Rudy, every time Rudy gets involved he goes and f*cks everything up.'”
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