US rapper A$AP Rocky has been featured in some of the testimonies by witnesses at the ongoing presidential impeachment hearings at the Capitol.
When it was the turn of the US ambassador to the European Union (EU) Gordon Sondland to testify, the diplomat mention Rocky’s name a few times in connection with conversations Sondland had with Trump.
Sondland said that while he was in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, he had a phone conversation with President Trump from a restaurant.
The ambassador added that he could not presently recall all that was said between them but “had no reason to doubt that this conversation included the subject of investigations” into Joe Biden and 2016 elections.
But according to Sondland, the call had been initiated to discuss the arrest of Rocky in Sweden and how to strategise on his release. The rapper had been arrested on assault charges after a street brawl.
Although Sweden has no bail system, Trump, according to Sondland, pressured the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Lofven, to release Rocky on bail.
From his Twitter account during that period, Trump boasted about what he was doing to ensure Rocky came back home until the rapper returned to the US.
Rocky’s name also came up in an earlier testimony by State Department official David Holmes. According to Holmes, Trump told Sondland to “let [A$AP Rocky] get sentenced, play the racism card, give him a ticker-tape when he comes home”.