Three women accused Wednesday of sexual misconduct a U.S. ambassador nominated by President Donald Trump who gave key testimony in his impeachment hearings. To Trump’s ally admits that Ukraine’s aid was tied to Biden’s investigation Gordon Sondland, the U.S. envoy to the European Union, denied the allegations, with his lawyer claiming that the accusers tried to discredit his credibility in the investigation
Watergate echoes as the testimony of Trump’s lieutenant refocuses impeachment The Portland Monthly reported accounts signed by three women who said Sondland, a wealthy Seattle hotel owner, was personally retaliating against them after they sexually rejected him.
One of the girls, Jana Solis, said she met Sondland in 2008 when she was looking for work as a hotel security specialist in her job. She said she met her for lunch and offered her a job as “my new chick hotel” before she slapped her back.
She said Sondland later invited her to his home in Portland to evaluate his personal art collection — which included a picture of himself with then-President George W. Bush — and that he was exposing himself to the pool house. She said she was forcibly kissed by Sondland at a later meeting. Another woman, Nicole Vogel, said she was meeting Sondland at dinner in 2003 to look for investment in a new magazine. He then took her to a hotel he owned, inviting her to see a room where he asked for a hug and then she said, taking my face and going to kiss me.
Vogel said she had declined and left. She subsequently pointed to an email in which she declined funding for her project. In a statement, Sondland denied all the allegations and charged Vogel with “underhanded reporting” out of frustration that he had not invested in the paper. Such unwelcome attempts to
touch and kiss are concocted and, I suppose, orchestrated for political purposes, he said. We simply have no justification and I refute them categorically, he said.
Vogel is the owner of the monthly Portland publishing the article. The magazine said it teamed up with ProPublica, a respected, non-profit newsgroup known for investigations, due to its involvement in the story. A Sondland lawyer told the magazine that the report had been designed to undermine the reputation of the ambassador in the investigation into the impeachment.
Sondland gave Trump’s inauguration $1 million and was later named European Union ambassador. Despite his support for Trump, Sondland, speaking before lawmakers last week under oath, said he followed the president’s instructions to demand that Ukraine prosecute domestic rival Joe Biden before agreeing to a White House Summit. According to US diplomat, the allegation is key evidence for House Democrats as they try to impeach the tycoon who has become president.