Ambassador Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, center, appears before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman in an interview with Newsweek said that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony was a “tipping point” in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
“There’s no defense to any of it now, there’s nothing. What’s he going to say, the Devil made me do it? That’s what they’re left with. There’s no good defense. There’s no good reason why he did this. It’s purely for personal campaign purposes,” Akerman told the publication.
Sondland on Tuesday testified to the House impeachment probe that President Trump had sought a “quid pro quo” deal with Ukraine, using withheld military aid to attempt to pressure Ukraine to announce a criminal investigation into Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Trump has denied any deal with Ukraine was sought, in remarks to reporters Wednesday he read from the transcript of a call with Sondland, in which he said he wanted “nothing” from his dealings with Ukraine.
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A prosecutor who worked on the Watergate scandal told Newsweek that EU ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony was a “tipping point” in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

“Yesterday was the tipping point completely,” Nick Akerman, assistant special prosecutor during Watergate, told the publication of Sondland’s testimony Wednesday.

Of lines of defense now open to Trump, he remarked: “There’s no defense to any of it now, there’s nothing. What’s he going to say, the Devil made me do it? That’s what they’re left with.

“There’s no good defense. There’s no good reason why he did this. It’s purely for personal campaign purposes.”

For Akerman, Sondland’s testimony was evidence that Trump committed at least one impeachable offence.

“What we’re really talking about here is two things: bribery and extortion. That’s what the facts amount to.”

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