Impeachment Inquiry: Read Transcript Of David Holmes' Testimony The diplomat testified Nov. 15 that he overheard President Trump telling Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, that he was seeking political investigations from Ukraine's president.
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READ: State Department Official David Holmes' Impeachment Inquiry Testimony

David Holmes, a career diplomat, leaves Capitol Hill on Nov. 15 after a deposition before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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David Holmes, a career diplomat, leaves Capitol Hill on Nov. 15 after a deposition before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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On Monday evening, House committees released the transcript of a State Department official who testified in the impeachment inquiry Nov. 15 that he overheard the president tell the U.S. envoy to the European Union that he was seeking political investigations from Ukraine's president.

The official, David Holmes, said he overheard the July 26 call between President Trump and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, in which the president asked Sondland "about the investigations," and Sondland replied that Ukrainians "were ready to move forward."

That apparent exchange is at the heart of the Democratic-led inquiry into Trump: Did the president seek an investigation from Ukraine into the Bidens in exchange for military aid and a White House visit for Ukraine's president. Trump denies any such link was made, calling his July 25 call with Ukraine's leader "perfect."

Read the transcript of Holmes' closed-door session here: