And expands the network of potential employees involved in the scheme.
The Vice President's office quickly denied the two men who had ever discussed the subject.
But as Pence drags him to the center of the investigation, Sondland's testimony raises more questions about the vice president whose main personality trait is loyalty to Trump.
Pence's role was already under control after his planned presence on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's assumption of office in May was canceled by Trump. He later met with Zelensky in Warsaw after Trump canceled his planned visit to watch the hurricane in the United States.
Sundland stated in his testimony that Pence had offered his opinion before the Warsaw talks of 1
"I mentioned to Vice President Pence before the meetings with the Ukrainians that I had concerns that the delay in the assistance was related to the issue of investigations. I remember mentioning that before the Zelensky meeting," he said.
Sondland did not describe Pence's reaction when he expressed his concerns in his opening statement. But he later said that Pence nodded in response.
"The Vice President nodded, as if you knew he heard what I said and that's almost all I can remember," he said.
A few hours later, Pence chief of staff Mark Short said the vice president "never had a conversation with Gordon Sundland about the Bidens, Burisma investigation, or conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based on potential investigations."
"This alleged discussion, recalled by Ambassador Sondland, never took place," he later said.