OPINION| Larence David| Let’s see the #MeToo crowd continue to defend U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, now that three women have charged him with sexual misconduct.
The last time we saw Sondland he had a smirk on his face while he was accusing President Trump of demanding a quid pro quo during the president’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) wiped the smirk off Sondland’s face in a New York minute when he forced the ambassador to admit to Congress and the world that he had no evidence other than his own supposition to offer.
Now comes a report from ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power, that will keep that smirk off his face for the foreseeable future.
(ProPublica) Three women say they faced sexual misconduct by Gordon Sondland before he was the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and at the center of the presidential impeachment inquiry. They say he retaliated against them professionally after they rejected his advances.
In one case, a potential business partner recalls that Sondland took her to tour a room in a hotel he owns, only to then grab her face and try to kiss her. After she rejected him, Sondland backtracked on investing in her business.
Another woman, a work associate at the time, says Sondland exposed himself to her during a business interaction. She also recalls falling over the back of a couch trying to get away from him. After she made her lack of interest clear, she says Sondland called her, screaming about her job performance.
A third woman, 27 years Sondland’s junior, met him to discuss a potential job. She says he pushed himself against her and kissed her. She shoved him away. She says his job help stopped.
All three women have agreed to be named in this story. In all the cases, friends, family members or colleagues of the women recall being told about the encounters at the time. The cases span a seven-year period, ending less than a decade ago. (read their stories here)
They never thought he would win … they never wanted him to know what he now knows.
The storm is near …