Transcript for US ambassador to EU to testify in impeachment inquiry
I want to bring in Mary Bruce for mow. We saw that broad bipartisan condemnation of the president's policy in the house. The question now, what will happen in the senate? Reporter: Yeah, George, this morning it is not clear when or even if Republicans in the senate will take this up. Even though Republican leader Mitch Mcconnell has been incredibly critical of the president's move. We saw that vote yesterday, an extremely harsh rebuke for the president. Republicans have been incredibly hesitant to break with the president, criticize him at all. Here you had two-thirds of them siding with the Democrats even if this was a symbolic move, George, we know it clearly did not go over well. Meantime, on impeachment, senator Mcconnell is preparing his troops for an impeachment trial. Reporter: Making clear he wants it to be a speedy process, one that could possibly wrap up before the end of the year. Yesterday we learned that leader Mcconnell gave his members what's being described to us as a civics lesson on this process including a power point presentation. He told his members to be prepared to convene six days a week. George, he does not want this process to drag on. Does not. A lot depends on the house and they continue their impeachment hearings today and the key witness a hand picked ambassador by president trump who may not be entirely helpful in his testimony. Reporter: Yeah, George, this is the U.S. Ambassador to the eu, Gordon sondland, he is a critical player in all this. He is a trump megadonor turned diplomat who worked behind the scenes to push Ukraine to investigate the president's rivals even though Ukraine isn't even a country in the eu. Now we know that another top official who testified here told investigators that she was concerned that sondland could be a potential ago national security risk because he was so unprepared for the job and today sondland is likely to be pressed about whether or not military aid was withheld to Ukraine as a condition that they investigate the president's rivals including Joe Biden, sondland sent a text message insisting there was no quid pro quo which the president has cited in his defense but that message was reportedly dictated to sondland by the president himself and he simply does not know if trump was telling the truth or not, George. The witnesses are piling up fast. Mary, thanks very much.
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