Impeachment Inquiry: Read State Department Official David Holmes' Opening Statement

State Department Official David Holmes testified Nov. 15 to investigators in charge of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump regarding a call he overheard between the president and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, said in his testimony Friday that he heard the president discuss "the investigations" with Sondland.

Here is his full opening statement:

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