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Iraq war veteran to tell the investigation that he heard Trump ask to investigate Biden

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A White House national security officer will testify in the White House allegation that he has twice expressed concern about the importance of the Trump government for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel of the army, will tell House investigators Tuesday that he has listened to President Donald Trump's call to Ukraine's new president, Volodymr Zelenskiy, and & # 39; did not think it was right & # 39 ;.

Vindman, a decorated Iraqi war veteran, will be the first White House official to hear the phone call between Trump and Zelensky on July 25 that is central to the investigation of allegations to testify to a limited committee.

In his opening statement, obtained by the New York Times, he claimed that the National Security Council had proposed to call President Trump to call on President Zelenskyy to congratulate him after his party won parliamentary elections.

He explained: & # 39; The call was made on July 25, 2019. I listened to the call in the Situation Room with colleagues from the NSC and the vice-president's office.

& # 39; Because the transcript is in the public register, we all know what was said. I was worried about the call. I did not think it was right to demand that a foreign government investigate you. S. citizen, and I was concerned about the implications for the US. support from the Government of Ukraine.

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& # 39; I realized that if Ukraine were to investigate the Bidens and Burisma, this would probably be interpreted as a partisan action that would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the two-part support it has maintained so far.

Burisma Holdings is an energy company where the son of Mr. Biden served while his father was vice president.

& # 39; I realized that if Ukraine were to investigate the Bidens and Burisma, this would probably be interpreted as a partisan action that would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the two-part support it has maintained so far.

& # 39; This would all undermine US national security, & # 39; Colonel Vindman added, referring to Mr. Trump's comments in the call.

& # 39; This would all undermine US national security. After the phone call, I again reported my concerns to the NSC chief adviser. & # 39;

The New York Times reported that Vindeman will be interviewed privately on Tuesday by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Reform Committees.

Vindman served multiple overseas voyages, including South Korea and Germany, and was deployed in Iraq for combat operations. He was injured in an IED attack and then got a Purple Heart.

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He served in the embassies of the United States in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia. In Washington, D.C., was a political-military officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, where he wrote the main strategy for managing competition with Russia.

In his statement, he added: & 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 will tell the committee that he is not the whistleblower who brought the matter to the attention of the CIA.

Vindman said there was another incident he thought was inappropriate and he reported this to the National Security Council's chief adviser.

He claimed that Oleksandr Danylyuk, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council for Ukraine, visited Washington, D.C. on July 10 for a meeting with National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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He said that Gordon D. Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, who resigned as US Special Representative to Ukraine earlier this month, were present.

In his testimony, he claimed that the Ukrainians considered this meeting to be very important to strengthen the support of their most important international partner.

& # 39; Amb. Sondland began to talk about Ukraine providing specific investigation to secure the meeting with the president, after which Ambassador Bolton stopped the meeting.

& # 39; After this meeting there was a planned debriefing in which Amb. Sondland emphasized the importance that Ukraine provides the investigation into the 2016 elections, the Bidens and Burisma.

& # 39; I told Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something that the NSC would interfere with or push.

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& # 39; Dr. Hill then entered the room and claimed Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate. & # 39;

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