Trump ‘overheard asking about inquiry’
IMPEACHMENT HEARING GOES PUBLIC
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.