Ambassador Sondland hasn’t exactly been smart up until now, so if he gets bad legal advice, he’ll take the Fifth. Hopefully he’ll get good legal advice.
In general, good legal advice would be to take the Fifth for someone situated as he is right now.
But in this case, with this ‘president’, one cannot give adequate legal advice without factoring in the political situation. The White House and Barr may be threatening Sondland with perjury charges if he changes his testimony, more on that below.
Adding to Gordian Knot is the fact that there is pre-existing intermediate testimony that already conflicts with his earlier deposition testimony.
Because of this hopeless complexity – the fact that Barr may very well charge him later but that he also (and more likely) may be charged later when the ‘president’ is long gone – and the inherent unreliability of the ‘president’, Sondland’s best long-term hope is to come clean today and tell the truth about not only Pompeo, but also Trump.
We’re about to find out what kind of advice he is getting this morning.