Trump declares victory over impeachment hearing: ‘It’s all over’

White House officials privately acknowledged that the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland had damaged the president’s case.
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president zeroed in on. Ambassador sondland's testimony today about a phone call he had with president trump in September. Sondland asking the president, what do you want from Ukraine? The president's answer, I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want zelensky to do the right thing, he said. The president coming before the cameras to say today that that phone call clears him, that, quote, it's all over. But tonight, Democrats point out the day he said, I want no quid pro quo, the president very likely already knew of the whistle-blower's complaint and that the congressional investigations were about to break wide open. Here's Jon Karl. Reporter: Privately, white house officials acknowledged today's testimony was damaging to the president's case and described the president himself as tense as he watched. But when the president came before the cameras today, he declared victory. I just noticed one thing, and I would say, that means, it's all over. Reporter: The president seized on one small sliver of ambassador Gordon sondland's testimony regarding a September phone call in which he says he asked president trump what he wanted from Ukraine. I just said, what do you want from Ukraine? And he said, I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I just want zelensky to do the right thing. Reporter: Reading from his own handwritten notes, the president delivered a reenactment of sondland's testimony. So he's going, "What do you want? What do you want? I hear all these theories, what do you want?" Right? And now, here's my response that gave, just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling? I want nothing. That's what I want from Ukraine. That's what I said. I want nothing. I said it twice. Reporter: But that September phone call between president trump and sondland came after the white house learned about the whistle-blower complaint. The timing is really interesting here. Let's get to Jonathan Karl, live at the white house. Republicans also seizing on that call, the president telling sondland, I want no quid pro quo, but as you just reported there, that call with sondland came just as the white house knew of the whistle-blower's report and congress had just started asking questions. Reporter: The timing is really important here. As we said, it's after the white house is officially told about the whistle-blower come mrant. It is also several days after "The Washington post" reported that the president was trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden. When the president made that denial to ambassador sondland, the white house was fully aware that his actions were under scrutiny. And Jon, we were talking about this on the air today, ambassador sondland also said that many were in the loop, among them, cemetery Pompeo on this and vice president pence. Any response from either of them tonight? Reporter: We have denials from both of them. The vice president said today that he has no reck election of ambassador sondland talking to him about any of this. And the spokesperson for secretary of state Pompeo said that any suggestion that military aid was tied to political investigation, quote, is flat-out false. Any suggestion that sondland told him about that is flat-out false. Jon Karl and Mary, thank you both. And we hope you'll stay with ABC news, live coverage of the impeachment hearings continues tomorrow morning, that begins at 9:00 A.M. Eastern. In the meantime, we move

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