November 20, 2019 / 4:45 PM / 17 days ago

Pence aide denies conversation alleged by Sondland on Ukraine

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence’s office denied testimony by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Wednesday that the two men discussed on Sept. 1 the delay in U.S. aid to Ukraine that had become tied to the issue of investigations.

“The Vice President never had a conversation with Gordon Sondland about investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based upon potential investigations,” Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, said in a statement. “This alleged discussion recalled by Ambassador Sondland never happened.”

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Franklin Paul

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