This president believes he is above the law,
beyond accountability. How could our system fail like this? Was there a quid pro quo?
Yes. It was normal. We spoke about many things. It’s a witch hunt. The single most important thing we have to do in Congress is defeat Donald Trump. [cheers] Donald Trump is back on the phone asking
another nation to involve itself in another US election. How could our system fail like this? How is it that foreign corrupt interests
could manipulate our government? Which countries interests are served
when the very corrupt behaviour we have been criticising is allowed to prevail? As we sit here testifying, the president is
attacking you on Twitter. What would you like to respond to the president’s
attack that ‘everywhere you went turned bad’? I actually think that where I’ve served
over the years, I and others have demonstrably made things better. I mean, I can’t speak to what the president
is trying to do, but I think the effect is to be intimidating. I want to let you know, ambassador, that some
of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously. Mr. Goldman. It was improper for the president to demand
an investigation into a political opponent. It would undermine our Ukraine policy
and it would undermine our national security. This is America. This is the country I’ve served and defended
that all of my brothers have served and here, right matters. I know that members of this committee
frequently frame these complicated issues in the form of a simple question. Was there a quid pro quo?
The answer is yes. Everyone was in the loop.
It was no secret. The leadership of the State Department,
the National Security Council and the White House were all informed about the Ukraine efforts. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I say to the ambassadors, respond,
‘I want nothing. I want nothing. ‘I want no quid pro quo.’ Tell Zelenskiy to do the right thing. Then he says ‘this is the final word from
the president of the United States. I want nothing’. Often when women show anger, it’s not
fully appreciated. It’s often pushed onto emotional issues,
perhaps, or deflected onto other people. I very unfortunately had a bit of a blow up
with ambassador Sondland. Now actually realise, having listened to his
deposition, that he was absolutely right; that he wasn’t coordinating with us because
we weren’t doing the same thing that he was doing. He was being involved in a domestic
political errand. I did say to him, ambassador Sondland,
Gordon, I think this is all going to blow up. And here we are. There is nothing more dangerous than
an unethical president who believes they are above the law. We are better than that.