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Politics David Holmes testimony: State department aide confirms Trump-Sondland call about Ukraine investigations

01:45  16 november  2019
01:45  16 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Trump denies knowledge of call mentioned in impeachment hearing

  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.

The official, David Holmes , also said that he was told President Trump cared more about the WASHINGTON — An official from the United States Embassy in Kiev confirmed to House Mr. Sondland told Mr. Trump that President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine “loves your ass,” and would

A day after President Donald Trump 's July 25 phone call with Ukraine 's president, Trump was overheard on the phone to Ambassador Gordon Sondland inquiring about the status of "the investigations ," according to new congressional testimony on Wednesday.

David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do "anything you ask him to," and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to "do the investigation."

a man wearing a suit and tie: David Holmes, a State Department official, arrives to appear in a closed-door deposition hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Friday.© Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images David Holmes, a State Department official, arrives to appear in a closed-door deposition hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Friday.

"Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes said, according to a copy of his opening statement obtained by CNN. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland

  AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland 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 July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William B. Taylor Jr., the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Taylor said one of his staffers overhead the call while Sondland was in a restaurant the day after Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that triggered the House impeachment inquiry.

After the call , Sondland told the staffer that Trump “cares more about the investigations of Biden” If he or she testifies, it would be one of the few first-hand accounts, at least in sworn testimony , of Trump himself Taylor told the committee that he hadn’t mentioned the Sondland - Trump phone call in his

The testimony about the phone call was one of the few new revelations during the five-hour opening Taylor said that at the conclusion of the call , his aide asked Sondland what Trump thought of They also scheduled a Friday closed-door deposition of David Holmes , the aide to Taylor who

Holmes explained that Sondland placed the call to Trump, and he could hear Trump because the call was so loud in the restaurant where they were with two others.

"While Ambassador Sondland's phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President's voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President's voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume," Holmes testified.

"Even though I did not take notes of those statements, I have a clear recollection that these statements were made," Holmes added.

Holmes also confirmed Taylor's testimony about the President's thoughts on Ukraine, saying he asked Sondland "if it was true that the Presisdent did not 'give a s—t about Ukraine."

Holmes said Sondland responded Trump only cares about "big stuff." When Holmes said that the Ukraine war was big, Sondland responded "'big stuff' that benefits the President, like the Biden investigation that Mr. Giuliani was pushing," Holmes said.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

Jordan slams Sondland for omitting Trump’s ‘no quid pro quo’ claim from statement .
Rep. Jim Jordan blasted Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland for omitting President Trump’s apparent claim that he wanted “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine from his opening statement, during his testimony at Wednesday's impeachment hearing.The story of the Trump-Sondland exchange emerged as a key moment for Republicans defending Trump's role in the Ukraine issue. While not mentioning it in his opening statement, Sondland eventually said under questioning that Trump told him "I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo" -- apparently concerning whether military aid and more was tied to his requests for politically advantageous investigations from Ukraine.

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