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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, November 20: Sondland testifies he worked at the direction of Trump; President says impeachment should end; Prince Andrew steps back due to Epstein links; New York to consider ban on tackle football for younger kids.

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Sondland admits Trump benefits from Biden probe

Near the end of Wednesday’s first impeachment hearing, Ambassador Gordon Sondland clashed with New York Rep. Sean Maloney about who would benefit from a Ukraine investigation of the Bidens. Sondland’s reticent answer: President Donald Trump. (Nov. 20)

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Sondland: Investigations were linked to Ukraine

Ambassador Gordon Sondland says he never heard President Donald Trump say that military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on a public announcement by the Ukrainian president that the country was investigating Democrats. (Nov. 20)

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GOP slams Sondland over omission of Trump’s denial

Republicans slammed Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the E.U., for omitting in his lengthy opening statement the details of a phone call he had with President Trump on September 9th during which Trump said there was no quid pro quo. (Nov. 20)

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Republicans drill Sondland during House hearing

Republican counsel drills Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. (Nov. 20)

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AP analysis: Sondland’s testimony ‘extraordinary’

Associated Press reporter Eric Tucker breaks down Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s early testimony during Wednesday’s impeachment inquiry. (Nov. 20)

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Impeachment: Trump says he does not know Sondland ‘very well’ | AFP

Donald Trump seeks to distance himself from US envoy Gordon Sondland, after he told an impeachment hearing he had followed the president’s orders in seeking a “quid pro quo” deal with Ukraine. “I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much,” Trump tells reporters while departing the White House. SOUNDBITE

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Sondland: Trump ‘never’ discussed Ukraine aid freeze with me | AFP

US diplomat Gordon Sondland says President Donald Trump never spoke to him about stalled military aid to Ukraine or any alleged link to Trump’s demands for political investigations. “I never heard from President Trump that aid was conditioned on an announcement of (the investigations),” Sondland tells a congressional impeachment inquiry. SOUNDBITE

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Sondland: I followed ‘directions of the President’

Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators that he worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine at the “express direction” of President Donald Trump. He said he pushed a “quid pro quo” with Kyiv because it was what Trump wanted. (Nov. 20)

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Trump held off Zelensky meeting in ‘quid pro quo’ for probe: envoy to EU | AFP

The US ambassador to the European Union tells an impeachment hearing that he was following the orders of President Donald Trump in seeking a “quid pro quo” from Ukraine. “Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky,” Sondland says. SOUNDBITE

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Sondland met by protest, denies changing testimony

Diplomat Gordon Sondland flew to Portland, Oregon and was met by a small group of protesters. “I didn’t change my testimony, but I can’t answer any questions,” Sondland told reporters. (Nov. 6)

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Here are the top stories for Thursday, Oct. 17th: Congressman Elijah Cummings dies at 68; Pence and Pompeo in Turkey to push for a cease-fire in Syria; Sondland to testify in impeachment inquiry; CMT Artists of the Year awards show held.

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