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Ukraine Leader ‘Loves Your Ass,’ Aide Heard Diplomat Tell Trump

  • Holmes, U.S. Embassy aide in Kyiv, tells impeachment panels
  • Trump asked top Europe diplomat about ‘the investigations’
David Holmes in Washington on Nov. 15.
David Holmes in Washington on Nov. 15.Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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An unsecured mobile phone call to Donald Trump from his top diplomat in Europe, who was sitting in an open-air restaurant, could yield the most direct evidence yet that the president himself pressured a foreign power to conduct politically motivated investigations.

The call was recounted to House impeachment investigators by David Holmes, the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, during a closed-door hearing on Friday, adding direct knowledge about Trump’s conduct to the case Democrats are building against him.