"Sundland told Trump that Zelensky" loves his ass, "Holmes said according to a copy of his opening statement. "Then I heard President Trump ask, 'So he'll do the investigation?' "Ambassador Sundland replied that 'he would do it, adding that President Zelensky would do' whatever you ask him to do. '"
Holmes, who was called to appear on Friday, explained that Sundland had made the call to Trump, and he could hear Trump because the call was so loud on the terrace of a restaurant where he and two other people were having dinner.
"While Ambassador Sundland's phone was not on the loudspeaker, I could hear the President's voice through the telephone The President 's voice was very strong and recognizable and sent Sondland held the phone away from his ear for some time, probably due to strong volume, "Holmes testified.
"Although I did not make these statements, I have a clear memory that these statements were made," he added.
Holmes also confirmed Taylor's testimonies of the president's thoughts on Ukraine, saying that he had asked Sundland "whether it is true that the president did not give anything for Ukraine."
Holmes stated that Sondland responded that Trump was only interested in "big" things. "When Holmes said the war in Ukraine was great, Sundland replied, 'Big things' that are beneficial to the president, such as the Biden investigation that Mr Giuliani insists on," Holmes says.
Holmes says he was personally familiar with the episodes Taylor testified about Sondland, saying that "everything" relies on the announcement of an investigation. But Holmes said Taylor told him on Sept. 8: "Now they insist on Zelensky to engage in the investigation in an interview with CNN.
" I was surprised the request was so specific and specific, "said Holmes.
." While we advised our Ukrainian counterparts to make a commitment to follow the rule of law and generally investigate credible allegations of corruption, it was a personal request from President Zelensky to engage in a specific investigation of President Trump's political rival by cable, said Holmes.
Holmes said that on September 13, two days after the suspension of the freezing of security aid, Taylor met with Zelensky and they ran into Zelensky's assistant, Andrew Yermak, as they left. Holmes said Taylor emphasized the importance of avoiding US politics and hoped no interview was planned, but Yermak "shrugged and did not respond as if it showed no choice," Holmes testified.
Holmes' testimony also explains how he ended up with Sundland at the restaurant. He said Sundland had been in meetings with Taylor and others in Ukraine and that when Taylor left for Kiev, Holmes offered to go to lunch with Sundland to discuss the July 25 conversation. Holmes also said he had to be involved in a meeting between Sondland and Yermak. Holmes said it was supposed to be a note for the meeting, but when he arrived, he was told by an Ermak aide that they wanted a one-on-one meeting with "no notepad."
call, Sondland also talks to Trump about the American rapper. who was arrested in Sweden, A $ AP Rocky, by telling Trump that Sweden "should have released him in your word," and later added that Trump could "tell the Kardashians that you tried."
This story was updated with additional updates on Friday.