Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, told lawmakers that he had discussed the investigation in a July 19 email sent to several top US officials. This came days before President Trump's call with the Ukrainian leader.
Here's who was on the email, according to Sondland:
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
- Energy Secretary Rick Perry
- Perry's acting chief of staff
- Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney
- Mulvaney's senior adviser and one other person
"Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret. Everyone was informed via email on July 19, days before the presidential call," Sondland said.
"As I communicated to the team, I told President Zelensky in advance that assurances to 'run a fully transparent investigation' and 'turn over every stone' were necessary in his call with President Trump," he said.
Here what he said was in the email:
“I talked to Zelensky just now… He is prepared to receive Potus’ call. Will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will ‘turn over every stone’. He would greatly appreciate a call prior to Sunday so that he can put out some media about a ‘friendly and productive call’ (no details) prior to Ukraine election on Sunday.”
He said Mulvaney responded: “I asked NSC to set it up for tomorrow.”