Donald Trump Says He Has 'Great' Hearing But Has Never Been Able To Overhear a Phone Call He Wasn't Part Of

President Donald Trump has called into question the assertions made by an aide to acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, tweeting that his hearing is great and he's never managed to overhear a telephone conversation he was not a part of.

His comments came as the House embarked on its fifth day of public hearings as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, with testimony from David Holmes, the Taylor aide who claimed he overheard a conversation between President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland in which Trump asked about "the investigations."

President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy became the focus of an impeachment inquiry following a whistleblower complaint that Trump pressured Zelenskiy to investigate potential political rival Joe Biden.

Aid to the country was withheld around the same time, but President Trump has denied there was any pressure or quid pro quo in the call.

A day following the now infamous call, Holmes was dining with Sondland in Kiev when he claims he overheard a phone call placed by Sondland to Trump—stating that he heard some of both sides of the conversation.

But the morning that Holmes appeared before the House Intelligence Committee in public testimony, the president called into question what Holmes had previously said in a closed-door deposition, commenting that he had never heard both sides of a phone call.

On Thursday, the president tweeted: "I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I've even tried, but to no avail. Try it live."

However, in a transcript of Holmes' closed-door deposition, shared Monday, the aide said he could hear both sides of the call.

"While Ambassador Sondland's phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President's voice through the earpiece of the phone," Holmes said of a phone call that allegedly took place a day after the call between Trump and Zelenskiy, according to the transcript of his closed-door deposition. "The President's voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume."

President Trump has denied there was any quid pro quo in the Ukraine call, however Wednesday's testimony from Sondland left Trump's defense on shaky footing after Sondland appeared to confirm there was pressure on Zelenskiy.

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