The big news from today’s public hearings – as far as the left-media establishment is concerned – is that an aide to Ambassador William Taylor claims to have overheard a phone call between Ambassador Sondland and President Trump.
The aide apparently overheard BOTH sides of the call (must have some ears!) wherein President Trump is alleged to have asked about “the investigations”.
Presumably, we are supposed to believe this overheard call into “the investigations” is proof – somehow – that President Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate his political opponents in exchange for security/defense aid.
Taylor dropped this into his testimony today: “Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26.
“While Ambassador Volker and I visited the front, this member of my staff accompanied Ambassador Sondland. Ambassador Sondland met with Mr. Yermak. Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv.
“The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigation.’ Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.
“Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine.
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for.”
Questions need to be asked of this sudden, magical eavesdropper coming to light after Taylor gave his original deposition to the Intelligence Committee on October 22nd.
But no questions have yet been asked.
Instead, the establishment media has fallen hook, line, and sinker for the Democrats’ spin on the alleged eavesdropper.
The Huffington Post unquestioningly blasted this out:
And questions need to be asked as to how the eavesdropper heard two sides of a conversation between Amb. Sondland and President Trump, and how he – now known to be David Holmes, Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. embassy in Kiev – could be certain the President was talking about potential political investigations into domestic adversaries of the President.
Nevertheless, if this is the Democrats’ big “bombshell” it is safe to say the first day’s testimony didn’t go as well as Chairman Schiff may have hoped.
Business Insider thought it was a “bombshell” too, without knowing anything more:
An overheard call relayed months later, especially coming AFTER the original deposition by Taylor, will surely be met with great suspicion by the American public.
Holmes is due to testify in a closed session, not publicized, on Friday.