UPDATED 7:09 AM PT – Monday, October 7, 2019
As the controversy at a Ukrainian gas company unravels, new information has revealed it may be associates of the president who were exerting the most influence.
The Associated Press recently reported Republican donors and businessmen traveled to Ukraine last spring, pushing for a change in management at the firm. The associates touted their relationship with President Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in an effort to score lucrative contracts.
However, the plan was foiled when Ukraine’s president lost in 2019, but was reignited by Energy Secretary Rick Perry. The report claimed Perry was seeking to reform a liquefied gas plant in Ukraine, which would corroborate reports he was a leader in the talks.
“We have what are called ‘the three amigos’ and ‘the three amigos’ are Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and myself,” stated Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union. “And we’ve been tasked with sort of overseeing the Ukraine-U.S. relationship between our contacts at the highest levels of the U.S. government and now the highest levels of the Ukrainian government.”
Perry has since confirmed he was the one who told President Trump to make the controversial phone call to the Ukrainian leader. Meanwhile, the lawyer for the American businessmen, John Dowd, said it was the Ukrainians who contacted his clients about making a deal.
This comes as several U.S. diplomats are slated to testify before various subcommittees in closed door sessions this week regarding allegations they helped encourage Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden.