Sondland’s family and business have faced threats since his name emerged as a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, he testified Wednesday afternoon.
Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, asked Sondland if he’d received “threats and reprisals” since his name hit the news.
“Many,” Sondland replied. “We have countless emails, apparently, to my wife. Our properties are being picketed and boycotted.”
Conaway noted Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, had called for a boycott of Sondland’s Provenance Hotels chain, asking whether there were demonstrations at his hotels as a result.
“As I understand it, they are going on as we speak,” Sondland said.
Provenance Hotels owns several properties in Portland, as well as Seattle’s Hotel Theodore and Hotel Max, and Tacoma’s Hotel Murano.
Conaway said Blumenaeur “attempted to harm you and your businesses” and called on Democrats to condemn such tactics.
“Thank you, Congressman,” Sondland said.
Meanwhile, Blumenauer was apparently pleased with Sondland’s testimony on Wednesday, tweeting “Gordon Sondland, welcome to the resistance.”
You know if underhanded, threatening behavior is going on, it will be the Democrats that are doing it.