Taylor said his staff heard Sondland call Trump from the restaurant and could hear Trump on the phone asking about "the investigations".
Nevermind that second- and third-hand information - which is all the two star witnesses had to offer on Wednesday - is inadmissible as evidence, it seems that some of Taylor's testimony that Trump was soliciting something from Ukraine's president is... in error. As we discussed, Taylor described a July 26 call - the day after Donald Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for Biden-related assistance - between Trump and Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland.
Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.
"Yes, the investigations were mentioned, you know, in conversation between the presidents".
Donald Trump demanded an apology from Democrats on Thursday night after a senior Ukrainian official insisted America's ambassador to the European Union did not attempt to link a military aid freeze to a corruption investigation of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Sondland will have his chance to respond to the allegations when he testifies next week.
Holmes is scheduled to testify Friday before House investigators in a closed session.
Michael McFaul, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation who now teaches at Stanford University, told the AP that a cell phone call between the president and Sondland would be a significant breach in security protocol.
Current and former government officials were stunned by the revelation that Sondland used a cellphone to speak with the president at a public area in Ukraine. That phone call was the subject of a whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry.
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. The story quoted the foreign minister, saying "I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance". "Particularly after that, anybody should understand how unsafe it is to make an unsecured call in Kyiv, or anywhere else for that matter". "If it was that important, he (Sondland) could have easily gotten up from the restaurant, gone to the embassy and made a secure call through the White House operations center". She said she'd later find messages from irate officials who'd been told by Sondland that they were supposed to meet with her.