WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine says his staff recently told him they overheard President Donald Trump speaking on the phone to another diplomat about investigations.
William Taylor made the statement Wednesday in the first public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry.
Taylor says some of his staff were at a restaurant with Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on the day after the July 25 call between Trump and the new leader of Ukraine.
Taylor told the committee that Sondland called Trump from the restaurant and the staff could hear Trump on the phone asking about “the investigations.”
Sondland told the president that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.
The House is looking into allegations that Trump asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on the son of his Democratic rival Joe Biden and potential interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
Trump has said he did nothing wrong.