Second person heard call suggesting Trump cared more about 'investigations' than Ukraine: AP

A second official at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine overheard U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandTop Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony Mulvaney: 'Politics can and should influence foreign policy' Controversy on phone records intensifies amid impeachment MORE's call with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE about the need for an investigation by Ukraine, The Associated Press reported Thursday, citing an unidentified source. 

Kyiv-based foreign service officer Suriya Jayanti also overheard the call, the wire service reported, citing a person briefed on what Jayanti overheard.

William Taylor, chargé d'affaires to Ukraine, testified Wednesday that someone on his staff overheard a July 26 call between Trump and Sondland during which Trump asked Sondland “about the investigations.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Sondland replied that “the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor testified. 

“Following the call with President Trump, the member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine,” Taylor said. “Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which [Trump lawyer Rudy] Giuliani was pressing for.”

The call came a day after Trump spoke with Ukraine's president on a call from the White House. That call ended up sparking a whistleblower complaint that led to the House impeachment inquiry. 

Taylor offered information about the July 26 call for the first time at Wednesday's impeachment hearing. He said he had learned of the call after he previously was deposed by House lawmakers behind closed doors.

The staffer, David Holmes, is slated to testify to lawmakers behind closed doors on Friday. 

The alleged call took place one day after Trump's call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump asked him to look into Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE and his son. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The House launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump in September following revelations about the Trump-Zelensky conversation. 

Jayanti had been slated to testify last month in the inquiry, but the scheduling of her interview was among those shuffled after the death of House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCongressional investigation finds Coast Guard leadership fell short on handling bullying Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list Impeachment can't wait MORE (D-Md.). 

The AP reported that Jayanti has been in Kyiv since 2018 and helps facilitate coordination between the country's energy industry and U.S. business interests. She joined the State Department in 2012 and has also served at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. 

— Updated at 1:09 p.m.