President Donald Trump was allegedly overheard asking about “investigations” he wanted Ukraine to pursue, a senior diplomat has told the impeachment inquiry.
Top diplomats are giving evidence about accusations the president asked Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden and Mr Biden’s son.
William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, revealed new information that his staff had told him they overheard Mr Trump on the phone in a restaurant asking about “the investigations”.
They alleged he was talking to another diplomat, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the day after Mr Trump’s July phone call to the Ukrainian president.
Mr Taylor testified that Mr Sondland – the US ambassador to the EU – told the president the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.
“It’s a little unusual for the US ambassador to the EU to play a role in Ukraine policy,” Mr Taylor said.
The impeachment inquiry, which could see the president removed from office, was ignited by a whistleblower’s complaint that Mr Trump withheld military aid while pressing Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.