Transcripts highlight Sondland’s role in pressuring Ukraine

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LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Transcripts released Saturday in the impeachment inquiry show Ambassador Gordon Sondland playing a central role in President Donald Trump’s effort to push Ukraine to conduct political investigations as a condition for receiving needed military aid. The fresh details come from hundreds of pages of testimony from Tim Morrison, a former top official at the National Security Council. They contradict much of the ambassador’s own testimony behind closed doors. Both Morrison and Sondland are expected to testify publicly before the House next week. While some, including Trump himself, have begun to question Sondland’s knowledge of events, Morrison told House investigators the ambassador “related
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