Ex-Trump adviser: Russia ‘gearing up’ to interfere in 2020 US election

President Trump was told by one of his ambassadors that the Ukrainian leader would do “anything you ask him to”, his impeachment inquiry has heard.

Mr Trump has been accused of abusing his office by allegedly asking President Zelenskiy in a 25 July telephone call to investigate his potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden in return for releasing further American military aid for Ukraine. The US president denies any wrongdoing.

Testifying before the inquiry by the Democrat-led House of Representatives, David Holmes from the US embassy in Kiev claimed he heard a phone conversation the following day between the US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, and Mr Trump.

Mr Holmes recalled “the president’s voice was very loud and recognisable, and ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume”.

David Holmes
Image:David Holmes from the US embassy in Kiev has been giving evidence at the inquiry

According to the diplomat, Mr Sondland told the US leader that President Zelenskiy “loves your ass”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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