In her new role as a special adviser to President Donald Trump, Pam Bondi was in the spotlight Wednesday morning ahead of important impeachment hearing testimony.
The former Florida attorney general appeared on CBS This Morning for an interview previewing the appearance of Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the 28-member European Union, at the House impeachment hearing.
Only, she got his title wrong. Here’s the exchange with co-host Tony Dokoupil:
Dokoupil: Does the president know Gordon Sondland well? Are they in frequent contact? Have they been?
Bondi: Well, we’re gonna hear what Gordon Sondland has to say today. He was ambassador for a short while.
Dokoupil: What does the president say?
Bondi: The president ... he was ambassador to the Ukraine. He is ambassador to the Ukraine. And the president knows him. The president doesn’t know him very well. He’s a short term ambassador, of course he knows him.
Sondland is not ambassador to Ukraine. That position belongs to William Taylor, who testified in the inquiry earlier this week.
Sondland is currently at the center of the impeachment inquiry following recent testimony from David Holmes, a U.S. official in Kiev. Holmes said he witnessed a phone call between Sondland and Trump during a dinner the day after Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Holmes said he clearly heard Trump ask Sondland if Zelensky was going to “do the investigation (into Joe Biden and his son Hunter)” to which Sondland replied, “He’s gonna do it. He loves your ass.” Adding that Zelensky would do anything Trump asked him to do.
Twitter users, including many journalists who cover the White House, were quick to point out Bondi’s blunder.
Sondland testifies before the House panel this morning.