Fox News Host Asks How Taylor Aide Heard Trump's Voice: 'I've Never Heard Both Sides of a Phone Call When You Have It to Your Ear'

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade had questioned the claim by David Holmes, political counselor at the US Embassy in Ukraine, that he overheard a phone call in which President Donald Trump asked about "the investigations."

The transcript of Holmes' closed-door testimony was released by the House on Monday as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, prompting Fox News host Kilmeade to ponder how Holmes was able to hear both sides of a phone call.

"The big things is, it's something that's not addressed, and nobody else has seen and no one's really questioned is that when David Holmes came out and said 'I was hanging out in a restaurant having a bottle of wine and I listened over and there's the EU ambassador talking to what I think's the president—amazingly he heard both sides of the phone call," Kilmeade said.

"I also find it hard to believe that people just accept that you could hear both sides of a phone call three thou... or five thousand miles away," Kilmeade said on Fox News. "I've never heard both sides of a phone call when you have it to your ear."

Holmes, who was previously the chief policy adviser to former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich, said that during a dinner he had with the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, Sondland called Trump and he overheard some of the conversation.

This was also discussed in the public testimony of the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, who said one of his aides had overheard a conversation in which "the investigations" had been enquired about by Trump.

Taylor's testimony came as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry that was sparked when a whistleblower raised concerns over a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump is accused of pressuring Zelenskiy to investigate potential political rival Joe Biden. Trump denies there was any pressure or quid pro quo on 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."

During the call, Holmes claimed that Trump had asked whether Ukraine would be carrying out an investigation, and that Sondland responded Ukraine would do anything Trump asked, after telling the president that Ukraine "loves your ass."

Holmes said that the dinner had taken place on an outdoor terrace and explained that he was able to hear the call, placed by Sondland from Kyiv, because of the loud volume of the call—despite it not being on speakerphone.

"I then heard President Trump ask, quote, 'So he's going to do the investigation?' unquote. Ambassador Sondland replied that 'He's going to do it, ' adding that President Zelenskiy wiIl, quote, 'Do anything you ask him to.' Even though I did not take notes of these statements, I had a clean recollection that these statements were made. I believe that my colleagues who were sitting at the table also knew that Ambassador Sondland was speaking with the President," Holmes said in his testimony.

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