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Here's what we learned from George Kent and Bill Taylor's impeachment testimony.
Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, William B. Taylor, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George P. Kent are sworn in prior to providing testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Drew Angerer / Getty Images
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Bill Taylor and George Kent, the first two witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine, testified for more than five hours Wednesday.
The most significant new development came from Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, when he testified about a previously undisclosed phone call between Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland.
In the phone call, overheard by one of Taylor's staffers, Trump asked Sondland about "the investigations" into the Bidens and the 2016 election, Taylor testified.
Taylor said that he only learned about the conversation that puts the president more squarely in the center of the swirling scandal recently and did not name the staffer who reported the call.
But two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News that it was David Holmes, a State Department official whose name was recently added to the calendar to testify in a closed deposition on Friday.
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"It made no sense. It was counterproductive to all of what we had been trying to do. It was illogical. It could not be explained. It was crazy."
— Bill Taylor explaining what he meant when he used the word “crazy” in a text message to describe withholding security assistance to Ukraine for help with a political campaign. (About 6:30 into video)