The impeachment inquiry hearings continued Thursday morning with Dr. Fiona Hill, a former top Europe and Russian expert from the National Security Council, and David Holmes, who works at the U.E. in Kyiv.
Part of Holmes’ testimony included him explaining that he heard Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, speaking with President Donald Trump on the phone. Holmes said the conversation wasn’t through speakerphone, but he could still hear Trump from Sondland’s phone since the volume was high.
Holmes said Sondland’s “phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The president’s voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume,” reported Manu Raju, a CNN reporter.
We’ve all been there. Someone near you takes a call. You can hear the caller’s voice on the other end even if it’s not on speaker.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo decided to prove this happens by calling his mother live on-air and demonstrating it with a conversation with CNN anchor Dana Bash.
“Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can’t hear me. Mom, can you hear me? Mom? Say hello to Dana Bash.”
Watch the video below.
Chris Cuomo calls his mom to prove you can hear someone talking on the phone without speakerphone and it was... something.— Danielle Misiak 🌻🇺🇦 (@DanielleMisiak) November 21, 2019
"Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can't hear me. Mom, can you hear me? Mom? Say hello to Dana Bash." pic.twitter.com/KImamgOCxf
President Trump disputed Holmes’ point, though, saying you can’t hear a phone call that’s not on speakerphone.
“I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I’ve even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!”