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Politics Staffer who overheard Trump call with Sondland testifies in closed hearing

00:15  16 november  2019
00:15  16 november  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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He testified that his staffer could hear Trump on the phone asking Sondland about “the investigations.” Later that day, a Twitter account In a closed -door hearing last month, former White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill said she was concerned that Sondland posed a counterintelligence

He testified that his staffer could hear Trump on the phone asking Sondland about “the investigations.” In a closed -door hearing last month, former White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill said she was concerned that Sondland posed a counterintelligence risk, according to a transcript

David Holmes, the aide who overheard a phone call between U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and President Trump, is testifying in a closed hearing with the House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry. Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified in an open hearing before the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday that Holmes, who he only identified as a member of his staff, had informed him of the July 26 call last week.

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Holmes is a counselor for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Kiev, according to the embassy's website.

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  Trump denies knowledge of call mentioned in impeachment hearing President Trump on Wednesday denied knowledge of a phone call that he allegedly had with U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in July about investigations he sought from Ukraine."First time I heard it," Trump told reporters in the East Room during a press conference with the Turkish president when asked about the call, which was described by a U.S. diplomat in public testimony earlier Wednesday.Trump also dismissed the"First time I heard it," Trump told reporters in the East Room during a press conference with the Turkish president when asked about the call, which was described by a U.S. diplomat in public testimony earlier Wednesday.

After the call , Sondland told the staffer that Trump “cares more about the investigations of Biden” than about Ukraine. Taylor told the committee that he hadn’t mentioned the Sondland - Trump phone call in his deposition last month because he learned about it from the staff member who overheard it just

Staffer who overheard Trump call with Sondland testifies in closed hearing . Ranking member Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the committee, questioned why Yovanovitch was called to testify in the first place, given the fact that she had been removed from her post before the events that are

At the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry, Taylor testified that a member of his staff, whom he did not name, was with Sondland at a restaurant on July 26 when the ambassador placed a call to Mr. Trump.

"The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about 'the investigations,'" Taylor, the chargé d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Kiev, said in his opening statement. "Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward."

Taylor said that the staff member, now known to be Holmes, asked Sondland after the call what the president "thought about Ukraine."

"Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for," Taylor said. He told the Intelligence Committee that he was not aware of the conversation at the time of his deposition in October.

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WASHINGTON — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a key cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing the need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned.

The phone call Taylor described could change all that. In the middle of Wednesday's hearing , the House Next week, Sondland himself is scheduled to testify during public hearings . If either Sondland or Holmes supports Taylor's account, it could undercut the president's defenders who have

Republicans have questioned why Holmes did not come forward with information about the July 26 call earlier. However, Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin said Friday afternoon, "It's not later — we're in the middle of an investigation now."

"That's how investigations work. People come forward with information along the way. Remember, we haven't even drafted articles of impeachment yet, much less voted on them, much less sent it over to the Senate where the real trial takes place. So there's nothing remotely late about his coming forward," Raskin told CBS News.

Holmes' testimony comes directly after lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee heard from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry.

Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post in Ukraine in early May, testified that she was the victim of a smear campaign led by Rudy Giuliani and "foreign corrupt interests" in Ukraine, one that left her reputation tarnished after a career of public service that has spanned over three decades.

Stefan Becket and Olivia Gazis contributed to this report

House impeachment investigators release two more transcripts .
House impeachment investigators on Monday released the transcripts of senior State Department official David Hale and David Holmes, the US diplomat in Ukraine who overheard President Donald Trump's phone conversation with US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); House Democrats released the two transcripts on Monday evening ahead of a full week of public testimony with nine officials appearing, including both Holmes and Hale.

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