From CBS News:
Washington — The diplomatic official who allegedly overheard President Trump ask about the status of “investigations” soon after his July phone call with the Ukrainian president is expected to appear before House lawmakers for a closed-door hearing on Friday.
David Holmes is the staffer referenced by diplomat Bill Taylor in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, three sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News. Holmes is a counselor for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Kiev, according to the embassy’s website.
At the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry, Taylor testified that a member of his staff, whom he did not name, was with U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland at a restaurant on July 26 when the ambassador placed a call to Mr. Trump.
“The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations,'” Taylor, the chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Kiev, said in his opening statement. “Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”
Taylor said the staff member, now known to be Holmes, asked Sondland after the call what the president “thought about Ukraine.”
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of [Joe] Biden, which [Rudy] Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor said, indicating he was not aware of the conversation at the time of his deposition in October, and only learned about it last Friday.
You can read David Holmes’s full opening statement here.
12 responses to “On the Kiev of Destruction”
what a contrast it is to read about and watch these foreign service professionals as well as the conduct of our democratic representatives next to the loud and rude rethugs who have no respect for chairman schiff or the impeachment process. for elise stefanik to erupt with ‘now why are you obstructing me from talking?’ to jim jordan’s retort of ‘we’ll we’ve had enough of you mr chairman for some time’ shows a complete lack of integrity and respect for the process and members involved. it’s civil vs uncivil which is the state of our country we live in today.
Elise Stefanik is taking a well-deserved beating on Twitter. I just tweeted to her that she reminds me of a young Liz Cheney, and that’s not a compliment. The Rethugs might think they finally have a young female up-and-comer, but there is nothing admirable about her, and I doubt she is going to appeal to anyone who isn’t already in the cult.
civil vs uncivil, the original civil war. sometimes, I am uncivil, but I am no fucking Republican.
I’m rarely civil, but I do show respect when someone deserves it. Marie Yovanovitch deserved the standing O she got. I was so proud of the Dems for standing and/or clapping to show their respect and gratitude. The Rethugs couldn’t scurry out of the chamber fast enough.
Well, you inspired me to look up what xanax is. Anti-anxiety medication? I’m surprised Trump hasn’t gotten everybody on the planet taking it. Yet.
Nice sepia effect on the photo.
People keep commenting on the difference in demeanor between the latest witnesses and the madhouse the administration has become. Well, if there’s one thing Trump least resembles, it’s a diplomat. I doubt it’s playing well in Trumpanzee-land, though. They don’t do genteel or dignified.
Infidel, you are learning so much hear lately. First that Stephen Miller is Jewish and now about Xanax. If there was evidence Stephen Miller has a prescription for Xanax, it would blow your mind!
Thanks for noticing the sepia effect. The new Photoshop programs has a tool that adds a sepia effect, but I had to do it in steps. I think that tool me longer than anything. Well, maybe except for the letters. I cut and pasted the ones that were there (one of my favorite things to do in Photoshop, even though it sometimes takes forever), and then I did it all over again, because the first poster I found was really dark, and after I got finished with all the text, I found the lighter one that I liked a lot better.
You have to love Xanax and I bet that more than a few folks are taking it or some other benzo and if not they are hitting the booze. I doubt that Twittler is sleeping at all. Maybe his early annual health trip was to get something to keep him from totally falling apart. Not that he hasn’t already done that.
The hearings have become great entertainment. Every day I can’t wait to hear what new revelation has been laid in Nunes lap and then to watch the drama unfold as the guilt ridden republickers try to defend their lying Twittler hero.
Anyhow, I am a fan of sepia – it sort of makes things appear vintage.
I love Adam Schiff, and I hope he’s Attorney General when a Dem is elected so he can clean up the mess that Bill Barr will leave behind. Another favorite is Sean Patrick Maloney. I’m proud of every Dem on that committee, and every Rethug should be ashamed of the assholes on their side of the aisle. The Rethugs should all be sepia’ed, because they should be part of the past.
I like the guys that you named too. Adam Schiff has the patience of Job. He never wavers and shows very little frustration if any at all. I think he is very smart.
Adam Schiff must have been an excellent prosecutor. His closing statement today was amazing. It was oratory that could stand up to that of Obama. It was fact-based, damning and stirring all at the same time.
Yes, I saw it on my cell phone news. I was impressed and his honesty is brilliant because his face has nothing to hide. I read that he prosecuted and FBI agent for treason. I think it was. I think he is very smart> He gave enterting med school and went into law thinking that he could better serve the public as an attorney. All I can say is that he made Nunes look stupid. Now Nunes it seems has been doing his own investigation of who promoted the Mueller report, with help from Parnas? So what difference does it make who prompted Mueller? That is why we have the FBI and CIA or what ever it is called now. Repubs will do anything to try to get dirt on the Democrats.
Nunes needs no help to look stupid.