David Holmes, a State Department official, announced at a recent telephone conversation between President Trump and EU Ambassadors that there was a conflict with top diplomat Bill Taylor's testimony on the impeachment trial last week gives.
who testified before the House Intelligence Committee last Wednesday that he had just heard about the July phone call.
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But Holmes' Timeline of Events According to a written statement from his public-disclosure interview, he seems to deviate from Taylor's statement. He told Taylor the call soon after he joined.
Holmes, who is the political advocate of the US embassy in Ukraine, told congressional investigators that he had been to a restaurant in Kiev on July 26 when Sondland was talking to Trump ̵
Holmes testified that Trump spoke so loudly that Sondland had to keep the phone away from the ear for others to hear. Holmes said that Sondland Trump said Zelensky "loves your ass," to which Trump replied, "So he will do the investigation?"
"He will do it," Sondland replied.
Holmes said after the call from Sondland that Trump had "done nothing against Ukraine" and was only concerned about "big things" like the "Biden investigation".
Holmes testified that he had alerted Taylor on his return to the contents of the call, the message after a vacation that ended on August 6.
"After returning to the embassy, I told Ambassador Taylor about the call on July 26," Holmes said. "I have also repeatedly referred to the invitation and the conversation with Ambassador Sondland in meetings and discussions in which the question of the President's interest in Ukraine may have been relevant."
Holmes added, however, that this was the case in the recent press release related to the impeachment investigation. "He made the remark to Ambassador Taylor that the incident I witnessed has become more important, as he was at the beginning of this Week in his testimony reported. "
Holmes seemed to point out that he merely recalled Taylor's phone call on July 26, but in his testimony from last week, Taylor seemed to point out that he had just heard of the phone call.
Taylor claimed at the dramatic moment during last week's hearing that "last Friday" an employee "told him" about events that took place on July 26th. "
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was unaware of this information," Taylor said. "For the sake of completeness, I include it here."
The Trump campaign highlighted the obvious conflict over the weekend and said, "These two statements can not be true."
"The statements in Holmes's behalf contradict Taylor over the phone call he claims to have heard," the Trump campaign said in a statement, "when Holmes immediately told numerous people in the embassy of the phone call and Repeatedly in meetings and conversations, why did Taylor never hear of it from Holmes or anyone else, why would not it have appeared in Taylor's supposedly meticulous notes? "
Holmes was back on Capitol Hill on Monday, possibly for his testimony
The timing of the discrepancy is not clear, but it is undisputed that Trump was looking for an investigation.
The July 25th telephone call protocol published by the White House showed that he was indeed urging Zelensky The anecdote on the telephone conversation that Holmes allegedly overheard would only be underlined The President continued to investigate this investigation after his call to Zelensky.
At the center of the impeachment investigation, which began in September, is Trump's phone from July 25 to call Kiev. This appeal led to a report to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community and thus to an impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives.
On request, Trump urged Zelensky to initiate an investigation into Ukraine's interference in the 2016 presidential election and former Vice President President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden are acting in Ukraine.
The President's motion came after millions of US military aid had been frozen for the Ukraine, claiming that Democrats and Witnesses had "paid something in return". Trump denies that.
Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this report.