State Department Aide Had 'Specific Quotes' From Trump, Democratic Congressman Says
Added 11-15-19 09:06:03pm EST - “David Holmes, the State Department official who overheard a phone call between the president and a top diplomat, appeared in a closed-door deposition Friday before the House impeachment inquiry.” - Npr.org
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A State Department aide testifying Friday behind closed doors had firsthand knowledge of a U.S. ambassador's conversation with President Trump, a Democratic Congressman said.
"He has some pretty specific quotes from the phone call by the president," Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said of the aide, David Holmes, who was testifying in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump. Lieu attended a portion of the deposition.
Holmes is the aide named Wednesday by William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, as having overheard a phone call between Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the EU, and Trump. According to Taylor's testimony, a member of his staff – who sources later identified as Holmes – was with Sondland in Kiev when he overheard Sondland speaking to Trump on July 26, a day after the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that sparked the impeachment inquiry. Holmes, according to Taylor, could hear Trump on the phone asking Sondland "about the investigations," and Sondland told the president the Ukrainians "were ready to move forward."
Following the call, according to Taylor, Holmes asked Sondland what Trump thought about Ukraine, and Sondland said that Trump cared more about the investigations of Biden.
CNN obtained a copy of Holmes' opening statement to the lawmakers, which NPR has not confirmed. Other news organizations have confirmed some of the quotes included in the opening statement.
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