“We are looking into whether the President solicited foreign help in a U.S. Presidential election, again,” said Schiff.
Schiff took no questions from reporters gathered outside a secure intelligence meeting room in the bowels of the Capitol; he was quickly followed at the microphones by a group of GOP lawmakers, who joined the President in denouncing the investigation.
“If we sound like we are pissed as we stand here, it's because we are,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
Republicans said the no-show by Sondland wasn't an effort to avoid questions which could be detrimental to President Trump's story on Ukraine, but more of a protest about the impeachment investigation.
“It's based on the unfair and partisan process that Mr. Schiff has been running,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).