Sondland testified that he did not recall doing that.
SCHIFF (Chairman): If I could just interject. I'm sorry, Mr. Goldman.
I just want to get further clarification. Is it your recollection,
Ambassador, that you never advised Ambassador Yovanovitch to go big,
make a public statement of full-throated support of the President?
SONDLAND: I honestly don't recall. I honestly don't.
GOLDMAN (Majority Counsel): Would it surprise you if someone else said
that you did do that?
SONDLAND: Probably, yeah.
GOLDMAN: Would it surprise you-
SONDLAND: I don't know that we had - I'm trying to remember that we
ever had a career conversation, because I wasn't really involved in
her career. I've had career conversations with others. I don't recall
having one with her.
SCHIFF: Do you think it would have been appropriate for an ambassador
to voice personal political support for the President rather than
advocate for the issues important to Ukraine?
SONDLAND: No, no, I think it's always more appropriate to
advocate support for the country that you're assigned to, not for - your political hat is off.
CASTOR (Minority Counsel): Okay. Did Ambassador Yovanovitch lean on
you for counseling?
SONDLAND: We may have - I don't remember. I honestly don't remember
the conversation. I'm not denying it occurred. I just don't remember.
CASTOR: Okay. So to the best of your recollection, you never-
SONDLAND: It wasn't, you know, a momentous enough conversation that I
would have remembered it.
CASTOR: Okay. You never encouraged her, to the best of your
recollection, to tweet or something to that effect, support of the
SONDLAND: Again, I don't - would I swear 100 percent I didn't, no, but
I don't- I just don't remember it.
CASTOR: That's all we're asking you, is your best recollection as you
sit here today.
SONDLAND: Yeah, I don't- I don't- I don't remember it. I think I was
writing reviews for all my employees at the time, so I was a little