Gordon Sundland, the US ambassador to the European Union who played a major role in President Trump's anti-bid crusade in Ukraine, has been communicating privately with Ukrainian officials via WhatsApp months before the now infamous July 25 conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian the president who launched the impeachment investigation.
According to sources cited by The Washington Post at the end of Saturday, Sondland was busy writing on WhatsApp with Andriy Yermak, chief aide to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, during his trip to Kiev at the end on July – the same trip he overheard, offering reassurances to Trump that Zelensky would "investigate" and, in fact, "everything" Trump had asked for just a day after the July 25 call.
It is alleged that Sondland used the app for messaging and for discussions with other Ukrainian officials, months before the July visit and thereafter, according to Post . It was not immediately clear who else was included in the messages.
These reports apparently avoided verification in the impeachment study, as State Department reports refused to hand them over despite calls from the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees.
Sundland, who is said to have told another senior official that he was "held responsible" for Trump's deals in Ukraine, although the country is not even part of the EU, also met alone with Yermak during the same visit, with an assistant to the State Department, testifying that he was barred from attending the meeting as an annotator.
This meeting reportedly took place shortly before Sundland called Trump while sitting outdoors at a restaurant in central Kiev and reassured him that Zelensky "loves your ass." In full listening to passing waiters and the president are clearly talking loud enough on the other end of the phone to eavesdrop on the phone, Sundland tells Trump that Zelensky will do "everything you ask for him," including the "investigation," which Trump insisted on.
It is alleged that Sundland later told the same State Department associate who testified to the wiretapping of the conversation that Trump did not "give as ̵
These candid comments from Sondland were apparently made at about the same time as Zelensky's office made a statement saying that the new Ukrainian president had just met with Sondland and then the United States. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker to thank them for America's help in ending the war.