Nov 21, 2019

Trump claims phone conversations can't be overheard as Holmes testifies

President Trump tweeted Thursday that he has tried — and failed — to overhear others' phone conversations as State Department official David Holmes testified in the impeachment inquiry.

"I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I’ve even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!"

Why it matters: Holmes was a last-minute addition to the hearing after Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified about Holmes' recollection of overhearing a July 26 phone call between Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland

Go deeper: Live updates on Hill and Holmes' impeachment testimony

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David Holmes recounts Trump phone call with Sondland in Ukraine

David Holmes, a State Department official at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, testified on Thursday about a now-infamous phone call in Kyiv in which he overheard President Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland discuss the "investigations" that are now at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

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Read David Holmes' opening statement in the impeachment hearing

David Holmes, a State Department official at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, is testifying Thursday in the House's impeachment inquiry.

The big picture: While a portion of Holmes' statement focused on the July 26 call between President Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland that made him a last-minute addition to the hearings, he spent the majority of his time laying out how the Trump administration's Ukraine policy affected things on the ground in Kyiv.

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Highlights from Fiona Hill's and David Holmes' impeachment testimonies

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Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russia adviser, and David Holmes, a State Department official at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, testified in Thursday's impeachment hearing.

Driving the news: Hill testified she had a conflict with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland over his claim that he was working on Ukraine policy at Trump's direction — to pursue what she termed a "domestic political errand."

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