U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland must have a very good driver after leaving Capitol Hill at 4:00PM and somehow still making his 5:50PM flight to Brussels on United.
After providing testimony implicating President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and perhaps even Vice President Mike Pence in the Ukraine “quid pro quo” scandal, Sondland bolted Washington before the President could even get a tweet out.
Congressman Adam Schiff adjourned the meeting at 3:50PM after (another) extended monologlue. Sondland and his entourage quickly departed and hopped in car.
I really hope CNN will have a helicopter following Sondland’s journey to Dulles with a countdown clock in the corner. https://t.co/6rvWYX7Ary
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) November 20, 2019
It was not clear if a police escort cleared traffic for the Ambassador, allowing him to make what is normally a dire commute in rush hour traffic in record time. In any case, he made it.
After checking in for his flight (did someone not think to do that earlier?), Sondland took advantage of his TSA PreCheck status to quickly clear security.
Gordon Sondland made his flight. He said he’s “going back to work” and would like to get on his flight with “peace and quiet.” (He has TSA pre-check.) pic.twitter.com/jfZJvAG6ug
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 20, 2019
Onboard, The Hill and CNN made a big deal about Sonland using the “wrong” overhead bin, but I don’t see an issue. There’s no rule that says you must use the overhead bin above your seat.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 21, 2019
The poor man could not even escape the press on his flight!
Interestingly, apparently his flight wasn’t too much of a draw for the press or for non-revs…it went out with four open seats in business class…