President sought updates on probes, diplomat says

William B. Taylor Jr., the acting ambassador to Ukraine, testified that one of his aides overheard a phone call in which the president checked on “the investigations.”
Afterward, E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland told the aide that Trump cared more about probes of the Bidens than other issues in Ukraine, Taylor said.
William B. Taylor Jr., center, and George Kent, center right, arrive to testify. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
William B. Taylor Jr., center, and George Kent, center right, arrive to testify. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Post)
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