His testimony is mainly serious since textual stutter material messages and statements from other witnesses situation him on the center of enticing in President Donald Trump's agenda with Ukraine, including his push for politically charged investigations.
Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union and a key player in the investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, testified Thursday before the three House Committees conducting the impeachment inquiry.
The president was sceptical that Ukraine was serious about reform and anti-corruption and, instead of arranging the meeting his envoys wanted, directed them to talk to Mr Giuliani, Mr Sondland said.
He will tell the panel that he was not on a July 25 call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, and did not know that Trump brought up former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's potential rivals in 2020 elections.
The Ambassador also said that he didn't understand until months later that Giuliani was working to push Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
Gordon Sondland plans to expose lawmakers on Thursday that he turned into disappointed Trump directed him to work with Trump's non-public attorney Rudy Giuliani and that he believes it's contaminated to invite a global authorities to conduct investigations for the motive of influencing American elections.
But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the aid - already approved by Congress - was held up partly over Mr Trump's concerns about the server.
He will also testify that despite being disappointed, he got in touch with Giuliani at Trump's direction anyway, and that Giuliani indicated that a White House visit for Zelensky was predicated on Ukraine investigating Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company whose board Hunter Biden sat on, and the Russian Federation probe.
"I would not have recommended that Mr. Giuliani or any private citizen be involved in these foreign policy matters", Sondland said in his prepared testimony.
But in his testimony, Sondland makes it clear that he disagrees with the president about foreign involvement in USA elections.
"Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the goal of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong", Mr Sondland said. "In my opinion, security aid to Ukraine was in our vital national interest and should not have been delayed for any reason".
"Mulvaney just said that U.S. military aid for Ukraine was held up pending Ukraine's investigation of Democrats", tweeted Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who is leading the impeachment inquiry. In the opening statement released on Thursday, Sondland says he wasn't trying to eliminate a paper trail of their discussion as part of some kind of cover-up.
"I don't know that's been talked about very much", he said.
In one exchange dated September 9, career diplomat Taylor told Sondland, "I think it's insane to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign". Sondland replied that Trump had been clear about his intentions and that there was no quid professional quo.
"I asked the President: "What do you want from Ukraine?'" Sondland stated".
Sondland's appearance Thursday is part of a string of depositions related to the impeachment inquiry and communications with Ukraine.
An account by a Democratic lawmaker of one such interview described a concerted effort to replace the White House Ukraine policy team with "three amigos" considered more favorable to plans to pressure Kyiv. He added that Kent testified that after Volker, Sondland, and Perry sidelined him, they "declared themselves the three people now responsible for Ukraine policy".