Portland protesters gather outside Sondland hotel in impeachment march


I’M EMILY BURRIS. PROTESTERS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS OF PORTLAND TO CALL FOR THE IMPEACHEMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. THEY ALSO STOPPED AT A HOTEL CONNECTED TO GORDON SONDLAND TO PROTEST HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE UKRAINE AND THE ONGOING IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. KOIN 6’S JENNIFER DOWLING IS LIVE THERE NOW WITH MORE ON THOSE DETAILS. JENNIFER: THE MARCHERS STOPPED AT THE HEATHMAN HOTEL, WHICH IS ONE OF THE PLACES PROTESTERS SAY IS CONNECTED TO SONDLAND. OREGON DEMOCRATIC U.S. REP. EARL BLUMENAUER WENT SO FAR AS TO CALL FOR A BOYCOTT OF PROVENANCE HOTELS WEDNESDAY DUE TO CONNECTIONS TO SONDLAND. THIS LOCAL MARCH WAS PART OF DOZENS ORGANIZED ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY. GORDON SONDLAND WAS TRUMP’S HAND-PICKED AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. HE’S AMONG ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS BEING SUBPOENAED TO APPEAR ON CAPITOL HILL THIS WEEK TO TESTIFY ABFOUT INVOLVEMENT IN THE UKRAINE. GORDON SONDLAND IS A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN WHO OWNS A WHOLE BUNCH OF HOTELS DOWNTOWN, INCLUDING THE HEATHMAN HOTEL WHERE WE’LL BE MARCHING TODAY AND HE IS CAUGHT IN THE VERY CENTER OF THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, AND IS A KEY WITNESS AND IS IMPLICATED IN TRUMP’S CRIMES IN THIS DEVELOPING CORRUPTION SCANDAL THAT WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT WITH UKRAINE. JUST TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND MAKE A STATEMENT THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT IMPEACHING THIS GUY. JENNIFER: THE HOUSE HAS STARTED LOOKING INTO A NUMBER OF TEXT MESSAGES FROM TOP ENVOYS THAT PROVIDED AN ACCOUT OF THEIR WORK ACTING AS INTERMEDIARIES FOR TRUMP. THIS WAS AROUND THE TIME TRUMP URGED UKRAINE’S NEW PRESIDENT TO START INVESTIGATIONS INTO A COMPANY LINKED TO THE SON OF CHIEF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RIVAL JOE BIDEN. SONDLAND IS EXPECTED TO TELL CONGRESS THAT A TEXT MESSAGE THAT HE SENT, REASSURING ANOTHER ENVOY THAT THERE WAS NO QUID PRO QUO IN THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH UKRAINE, WAS BASED SOLELY ON WHAT TRUMP TOLD HIM. CALLED IT — AND “WITCHHUNT.” EMILY: WE WANT TO TURN TO YOUR FORECAST.

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