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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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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 According to a portion of Holmes' opening statement obtained by CBS News, Holmes said he and two unnamed staffers were at lunch with

Holmes overheard Trump ask Sondland in a July 26 call about whether Ukraine's president would commit to an investigation, which Holmes understood Impeachment witness David Holmes explains how he overheard Sondland call with Trump about Ukraine. Published Thu, Nov 21 201912:31 PM

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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He testified that his staffer could hear Trump on the phone asking Sondland about “the Jayanti is an attorney who joined the State Department in 2012 and was previously posted at the U.S In a closed -door hearing last month, former White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill said she was

to Ukraine, who testified that on July 26, one of his staffers was with U.S. Ambassador to the European has been identified as David Holmes, who will provide testimony at a closed -door hearing Friday. According to Taylor's testimony, the official who overheard the call was told by Sondland that that Sondland conducted this call with Trump in the middle of a restaurant in Kyiv, with one

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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Trump claims he knows "nothing" about the call , but two career embassy officials allegedly overheard it in public. A second staffer at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv overheard President Donald Trump ’s phone call to Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland about the “investigations” he

The accounts of the two embassy staffers could tie Trump closer to alleged efforts to hold up military aid to WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Taylor said one of his staffers overhead the call while Sondland was…

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

Ambassador Sondland's slick move .
By many accounts, Gordon Sondland delivered the most consequential testimony of the House Democrats' rushed public impeachment proceedings. Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified in the impeachment hearings Wednesday. He grabbed headlines with a carefully worded opening statement that said: "I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a 'quid pro quo?' As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes."Media reaction was instantaneous.

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