"I now do recall".
Sondland's disclosure appeared meant to insulate him from accusations that he intentionally misled Congress during his earlier testimony, in which he frequently said he could not recall key details and events under scrutiny by impeachment investigators.
That admission, included in a four-page sworn statement released Tuesday, directly contradicted his testimony to investigators last month, when he said he "never" thought there was any precondition on the aid.
One official said Hale had "tried to take himself out of the loop on Ukraine".
"And it would have been natural for me to have voiced what I had presumed to Ambassador Taylor, Senator Johnson, the Ukrainians, and Mr. Morrison".
The release of the transcript comes on the third straight day of congressional investigators releasing full depositions of key players in the Ukraine affair, which has led to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Sondland was a major Trump donor before being appointed E.U. Ambassador and previously testified that President Trump told him "I want no quid pro quo".
"So, if nobody in the Ukrainian government is aware of a military hold at the time of the Trump-Zelensky call, then, as a matter of law and as a matter of fact, there can be no quid pro quo, based on military aid", Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, said.
As part of the House's push to make the impeachment probe public, House investigators on Tuesday released testimony from closed-door depositions taken from Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy for Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union.
Last month, William Taylor, a career diplomat and former Army officer who serves as the charge d'affaires in the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, testified that he was told Trump would withhold military aid to the country until it publicly declared that politically motivated investigations would be launched against his rivals.
The first open hearing is scheduled to be held on November 13: "Public hearings in Congress will begin next Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Wednesday".
"This is about more than just one call", Mr Schiff wrote in an op-ed in USA Today.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Fox News host Sean Hannity to find out if there was any substance behind smears he was spreading on his show about former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, according to transcripts of her congressional testimony released Monday.
Mr Sondland admitted to impeachment investigators that he understood the linkage was "improper".
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The media is misleading the American people following the public release of the transcript of US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Tuesday. In a call over the summer, Trump had linked that request to investigating Joe Biden and the Democrats.
Speaking to Fox News, Pompeo mused that former president Barack Obama may have blocked military aid to Ukraine because of Biden's son Hunter, whose lucrative position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company has been seized upon by Trump.
At a pivotal May 23 meeting, Trump "went on and on and on about how Ukraine is a disaster and they're bad people", Sondland testified. They are also investigating any alleged interference by Ukraine in the 2016 election.
On "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert", the host has made jokes at Trump's expense a staple of his monologues. The envoy said he told Giuliani: "Lutsenko is not credible". Sondland clarified those earlier statements.
"It was Mr. Giuliani who said: If it doesn't say Burisma and 2016, it's not credible, because what are they hiding?" There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. "It doesn't sound good".
"This would have been throwing Ukraine under the bus", he said. "So the Russians are loving, would love, the humiliation of [Ukrainian president Volodymyr] Zelenskiy at the hand of the Americans, and would give the Russians a freer hand, and I would quit".
"You had no communications with the president of the United States?" White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham pointed to Sondland's inability to say who ordered the aid to Ukraine be withheld and that he admitted he "presumed" there was a link between the demand for a statement from the Ukrainians and releasing the aid.
The Trump administration has categorically said it would not comply with the House impeachment inquiry, saying it was a "partisan" to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential elections and denied Trump due process.
A top supporter of President Trump, Florida GOP Congresman Matt Gaetz, who also has a history of questionable ethics choices, heaped unwarranted praise on his fellow Floridian.
Bolton, who was ousted from the White House over the summer, was invited by Democrats to appear for a deposition on Capitol Hill as part of the impeachment inquiry on Thursday, but it is unclear whether he will attend. Mulvaney is not expected to appear. Schiff is leading the probe.
McConnell said he believes Trump will stay in the White House. "I will say I'm pretty sure how it is likely to end".
Pompeo was also not in a photo proudly released by Trump of the raid that killed the Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, instead attending the wedding of his son's friend in Kansas.