Trump ‘over­heard ask­ing about in­quiry’

IM­PEACH­MENT HEAR­ING GOES PUB­LIC

Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump was over­heard ask­ing about “the in­ves­ti­ga­tions” he wanted Ukraine to pur­sue that are cen­tral to the im­peach­ment in­quiry, a se­nior diplo­mat has said.

Wil­liam Tay­lor, the top US diplo­mat in Ukraine, re­vealed the new in­for­ma­tion as the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee opened hear­ings on whether Mr Trump should be re­moved from of­fice.

Mr Tay­lor said his staff re­cently told him they over­heard Mr Trump speak­ing on the phone to another diplo­mat, Am­bas­sador Gor­don Sond­land, at a restau­rant the day af­ter Mr Trump’s July phone call with the new leader of Ukraine, Volodymyr Ze­len­skiy. The staff could hear Mr Trump on the phone ask­ing about “the in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” and Mr Sond­land told the pres­i­dent the Ukraini­ans were ready to move for­ward, Mr Tay­lor tes­ti­fied. Be­fore the in­quiry be­gan, Mr Trump lashed out at the wit­nesses.

Mr Trump tweeted “NEVER TRUMPERS!” be­fore the hear­ing opened with tes­ti­mony from Mr Tay­lor and Ge­orge Kent, a ca­reer diplo­mat. How­ever, both men de­nied Mr Trump’s ac­cu­sa­tion that they adamantly oppose him.

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