Before the Ukrainian top expert from the National Security Council, Colonel Alexander Vindman, testified about what he heard in Trump & # 39; s controversial phone conversation with the Ukrainian president, he appeared as a 10-year-old boy in a documentary about immigrants in America.
A clip of acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burn & # 39; s Academy Award-nominated documentary from 1985 The Statue of Liberty was dug up by Washington Post and has a 10-year-old Vindman with his twin brother, Yevgeny.
The boys are seen sitting on a couch in Brighton Beach, New York, when one tells the camera that they are from Russia and the other says they are from Kiev, now the capital of Ukraine.
& # 39; Our mother died, so we went to Italy, & # 39; says one of the Vindman boys, & # 39; and then we came here. & # 39;
This is when Vindman – a Purple Heart veteran and a White House official – is questioned about his loyalty to the US in the wake of his testimony about the call.
A clip from the famous documentary The Burns or filmmaker Ken Burn shows Vindman and his twin brother shortly after his arrival in the US
Vindman testified that the White House omitted keywords and phrases from the transcript of Trump's call with President Zelensky of Ukraine
Director Ken Burns tweeted the story of Vindman Tuesday & # 39; America at the best & # 39;
Director Ken Burns tweeted Tuesday, & # 39; I really like the Vindman guys. From them the story of America is at its best. & # 39;
The Vindman & # 39; s were three years old when they came to the US from the former Soviet Union and have since devoted their lives to serving America, with Vindman declaring in his opening statement on Tuesday that his & # 39; sacred duty & # 39; is to defend the United States.
& # 39; Our mother died, so we went to Italy, & # 39; one of the Vindman boys says in the documentary: & # 39; And then we came here & # 39;
According to the Washington Post, both Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman eventually worked for the White House under President Trump, served in the US Army, and now work for the National Security Council.
But that has not prevented right-wing political experts from questioning Vindman's loyalty to the US because he now appears to be a new threat to President Trump.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham attacked Vindman during her show on Tuesday night, suggesting that he is non-American.
& # 39; Here we have a US National Security Officer who advises Ukraine while working in the White House, apparently against the President's interests, and most of the time they spoke in English, & # 39; said Ingraham. & # 39; Isn't that an interesting perspective on the story? & # 39;
Her guest John Yo, who worked in the George W. Bush administration, even went so far as to get it & # 39; amazing & # 39; and & # 39; espionage & # 39; called.
President Trump went to Twitter on Tuesday to sue the probe as a & # 39; sham & # 39 ;, and added: & # 39; Why are people I have never heard heard about the call? READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND THE IMPAACHMENT HOAX IS OVER! & # 39;
Fox's host and friend Brian Kilmeade painted Vindman as a sympathizer for Ukraine. & # 39; We also know that he was born in the Soviet Union, emigrated young with his family. He tends to feel simpatico with the Ukraine, & he said.
CNN commentator Sean Duffy suggested that Vindman had an & # 39; affinity & # 39; has with Ukraine and says: & # 39; He speaks Ukrainian. He came from the country and he wants to make sure they are safe and free. & # 39;
President Trump went to Twitter on Tuesday to sue the probe as a & # 39; sham & # 39 ;, and added: & # 39; Why are people I have never heard heard of the call & # 39 ;
Fox News host Laura Ingraham attacked Vindman on her show on Tuesday evening and called him un-American
Vindman maintains that Zelensky named Burisma Holdings by name and told investigators that he was trying to have the White House transcript changed to include the missing reference
Vindman was the first current White House official to testify before the accusation panels after he was summoned.
He said in his opening statement: “My family fled the Soviet Union when I was three and a half years old. Upon arriving in New York City in 1979, my father worked multiple jobs to support us while he & # 39; learned English at night.
& # 39; He stressed the importance of full integration in our adopted country. For years, life was pretty difficult. Despite our challenging start, my family worked on building their own American Dream.
& # 39; I have a deep appreciation for American values and ideals and the power of freedom. I am a patriot and it is my sacred duty and honor to promote and defend OUR land regardless of party or politics. & # 39;
He then told House impeachment researchers that the White House transcript of the July call between Trump and the President of Ukraine omitted crucial words or phrases that he tried, but failed, to restore
Dressed in his dark blue army uniform with military medals proudly displayed on his chest, Vindman suggested no motive behind the editing process during his more than 10-hour testimony Tuesday, although his claims are likely to encourage investigators to further investigate how officials handed over the call
Such omissions, Vindman found, include Trump's statement that there were recordings of former vice-president Joe Biden discussing Ukrainian corruption, and the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who immediately reported the power company that Hunter Biden is employing had, Burisma Holdings
The omissions, Vindman found, include Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who named the energy company that once employed Hunter Biden on his board, Burisma Holdings.
& # 39; He or she will investigate the situation, in particular the company you mentioned in this issue, & # 39; quotes the Zelensky White House transcript.
However, Vindman insists that Zelensky specifically mentioned Burisma and told the researchers that he was trying to change the White House transcript to include the missing reference, but the amendment was never made.
The raw transcript also contains ellipses in three cases where Trump is talking, which Vindman says is trying to change again. He told the researchers that the third series of ellipses relates to Trump talking about alleged recordings of former vice-president Joe Biden who bragged about illegal Ukrainian financing.
It is believed that Trump's mention of the tapes most likely refers to comments made by Biden in January 2018 that the US had $ 1 billion in loan guarantees until the country fired its prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.
The comments made the Republicans believe that Biden was actively trying to prevent his son from being investigated. Democrats say that Shokin was lax in his efforts to fight corruption and was unsuitable for his task.
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