Report: Second US Embassy Official Overheard Trump Demanding Biden Probe
Acting Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor testified on Wednesday that one of his staffers overheard a phone call between Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, and President Donald Trump on July 26.
During that call, Trump and Sondland reportedly discussed the need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations” — ostensibly into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, as well as the 2016 Democratic National Committee hack.
Taylor’s account was widely considered a bombshell revelation, as it put Trump in even closer proximity to the alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Now, the Associated Press reports that a second witness to the phone call has been discovered, lending even greater credence to Taylor’s testimony.
“The second diplomatic staffer also at the table was Suriya Jayanti, a foreign service officer based in Kyiv,” the news outlet reported. “A person briefed on what Jayanti overheard spoke to AP on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter currently under investigation.”
The other staffer, mentioned in Taylor’s testimony, is “David Holmes, the political counselor at the embassy in Kyiv, according to an official familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.”
Jayanti reportedly was scheduled for a closed-door interview with congressional investigators last month, but the hearing was canceled due to the death of former House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings and has yet to be rescheduled, the AP said.
Holmes is slated to testify before impeachment investigators on Friday in a closed-door session.