We’re getting tantalizingly close to the day when someone asks him a question about Giuliani and he replies, “I’ve only met Rudy a few times, you know.”
I’m only half-joking about that. The takeaway from Lindsey Graham’s appearance on Fox on Wednesday night is that Trump and his allies are prepared to make Sondland a fall guy on Ukraine. Graham tried to do that by wondering whether Sondland is coordinating now with Adam Schiff and the Democrats, never mind that he was a major Trump donor during the campaign, the president’s ambassador to the EU, and one of the three key figures in the White House’s Ukraine diplomacy. If getting Trump off the hook means accusing Sondland of conspiring with Democrats and the “deep state” to impeach the president, so be it.
But there’s an easier way to make Sondland the fall guy, one that doesn’t require conspiracies. Simply accuse him of having gone rogue in his Ukraine outreach. It wasn’t Trump who came up with the idea of a quid pro quo involving military aid to convince Zelensky to investigate the Bidens, it was the people to whom he had delegated the Ukraine matter. That means Gordon Sondland. And it means Mick Mulvaney.