Arizona Senator Martha McSally was among a group of Republican Senators who tried to intervene to prevent President Donald Trump from firing Ambassador Gordon Sondland Friday, The New York Times has reported.
The report indicates the group reached out to the president’s Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, as well as his legislative affairs director. Sondland reportedly refused to resign and be seen as part of a purge of impeachment witnesses immediately after the Senate’s acquittal, so the president ordered him fired.
Sondland was the president’s choice for Ambassador to the European Union after he contributed $1M to the president’s inauguration fund. He was one of the president’s point men on the effort to convince Ukraine to announce investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 election interference.