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Trump impeachment witness Gordon Sondland sues Mike Pompeo, U.S. for $1.8 million

Trump impeachment witness Gordon Sondland sues Mike Pompeo, U.S. for $1.8 million
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Gordon Sondland, former U.S ambassador to the European Union (L) and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Gordon Sondland, who as a U.S. ambassador in 2019 accused then-President Donald Trump of seeking a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, on Monday sued former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. for $1.8 million in reimbursement for legal fees incurred during Trump’s first impeachment probe.

The lawsuit alleges Pompeo “made a legally binding promise, both individually and on behalf of the Government,” to pay Sondland’s attorneys’ fees after the then-ambassador to the European Union was subpoenaed to testify before Congress.

But Pompeo allegedly “reneged on his promise” after learning what Sondland would say to the congressional investigators: that Trump and his aides, including Rudy Giuliani, pressured Ukraine to announce investigations that would involve then-potential Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

The lawsuit was first reported by The Washington Post.

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