Holmes explained that Sundland made a Trump call and he could hear Trump because the call was so loud on the terrace of a restaurant where he and two others were having dinner.
"While Ambassador Sundland's telephone was not on the loudspeaker, I heard the President's voice through the telephone's handset. The President's voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sundland kept the phone out of his ear for some time, probably because of the strong loudness. sound, "Holmes testifies.
Sondland's text messages to the highest US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, are a key point in the impeachment investigation, with Sundland telling Taylor that there is no "undeniable pro-quo" after speaking with Trump about the matter.
Sondland's testimony testified that he did not know of any reservation linking US security assistance to Ukraine with the Bidens investigation ̵
"Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to investigate in order to influence the upcoming US elections would be wrong," Sondland said in a statement. "Withholding foreign aid to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong. I have not and would never have participated in such undertakings. In my opinion, security assistance to Ukraine was in our vital national interest and should not be delayed by for whatever reason. "
Even before lawmakers' complaints are made available to lawmakers, Cabinet Chairman Nancy Pelosi announced that Trump had sworn an oath and announced that he was launching an official impeachment investigation against the president.
CNN's Jeremy Herb, Catherine Polanz and Manu Raju contributed to this report.