Sondland Confirms That President Trump Told Him “No Quid Pro Quo”

STEVE CASTOR: And why don’t you tell us, what did the President say to you on September 9th that you remember? 

AMB. SONDLAND: Well, words to the effect, I decided to ask the President the question in an open-ended fashion because there were so many different scenarios floating around as to what was going on with Ukraine. So rather than ask the President nine different questions, “Is it this, is it this, is it that?” I just said, “What do you want from Ukraine?” I may have even used a four-letter word. And he said, “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I just want Zelensky to do the right thing, to do what he ran on,” or words to that effect. And that gave me the impetus to respond to Ambassador Taylor with the text I sent, as I said to Mr. Goldman, it was not an artfully written text, I should have been more specific, put it in quotes, something like that. But basically I wanted Mr. Taylor, Ambassador Taylor, to pick up the ball and take it from there. I had gone as far as I could go.