Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, testified during the first day of public impeachment hearings on Wednesday that his staffer overheard President Donald Trump ask Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, about Ukrainian “investigations” in a previously unreported July 26 phone call.
Taylor said that a member of his staff witnessed Sondland call Trump at a restaurant the day after Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. After the call, Sondland told the staffer that Trump was focused on Ukraine investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
“The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone asking Ambassador Sondland about the investigations,” Taylor said on Wednesday. “Ambassador Sondland told President Trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”
Following the call, Taylor’s staffer asked Sondland what Trump “thought about Ukraine.”
Sondland “responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor went on.