David Holmes Biography
David Holmes is an American diplomat currently serving as the Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and a top aide to William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.
David Holmes Age- How Old Is David Holmes
David’s age is unknown.
David Holmes Married – Is David Holmes Married
Holmes is married to Stephanie Holmes, who is listed as the Head of Law Enforcement Section on the website for the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. The couple has two children together, a son and a daughter.
David Holmes Education
David completed his undergraduate degree at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He later joined University of St Andrews in Scotland where he completed graduate degrees in international affairs and in 2002 at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
David Holmes Diplomat
Holmes began working for the United States Foreign Service in 2002, and has served in Kabul, Afghanistan; Prishtina, Kosovo; Bogota, Colombia; New Delhi and Moscow. From 2010 to 2011 he was a special assistant for South and Central Asia under former Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns. He served as a National Security Council Director for Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, before serving at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Holmes began serving in Ukraine in 2017.
David Holmes State Department
As a State Department official he was awarded the William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent in 2014 for speaking out on the division between the State Department’s Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Bureau of Central and South Asian Affairs.
David Holmes Ukraine
Holmes is serving as a Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. The focus of Holmes’ role is to help “Ukraine consolidate its democracy, reinforce the rule of law, advance justice and anti-corruption reforms, bolster civil society, and promote a responsive, responsible government.”
David Holmes Democrat
It is not clear whether David identifies as Democrat or Republican but according to CNN Republicans are concerned about Holmes testimony. As a firsthand witness to a candid conversation about Trump’s alleged drive to convince a foreign power to investigate his domestic political rival, Holmes could prove particularly damaging to the president.
David Holmes Testimony – David Holmes Transcript
On November 15 David testified behind closed doors confirming to House impeachment investigators that he overheard President Trump asking a top U.S. diplomat about political investigations that he was seeking from the president of Ukraine.
David was the aide mentioned by William Taylor as having overheard a phone call between Gordon Sondland and Trump.
Taylor also said in his testimony that a member of his staff, later identified as David Holmes, was with Sondland in Kyiv when he overheard Sondland speaking to Trump on July 26, a day after the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that sparked the impeachment inquiry. Holmes, according to Taylor, could hear Trump on the phone asking Sondland “about the investigations,” and Sondland told the president the Ukrainians “were ready to move forward.”
He alleged that he overheard the conversation between President Trump and Sondland in a restaurant in Kyiv. He claimed that the call was loud enough to hear through the phone earpiece, and that Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time and the president’s voice was “very loud and recognizable.”
He also added that Sondland told the president that Zelenskiy “loves your a**.” He alleged that the call ended and Sondland said the president “was in a bad mood.” Holmes said he then asked Sondland if it was true that the president didn’t “give a sh** about Ukraine. Sondland agreed, repeating the president did not “give a sh** about Ukraine.” After Holmes asked why that was the case, Sondland responded that the president only cares about “big stuff.” Holmes said he noted there was “big stuff” related to Ukraine like the war with Russia, but that Sondland replied he meant “‘big stuff’ that benefits the president,” and cited the “Biden investigation” that Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, was pushing.
Here is the full transcript of Holmes’s closed-door session.
David Holmes Opening Statement
In his opening statement, David said that “security, economy, and justice, and our support for Ukrainian democratic resistance to Russian aggression, became overshadowed by a political agenda being promoted by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a cadre of officials operating with a direct channel to the White House.”
Here is David Holmes opening statement.