Decorated army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified that a key witness in the Ukraine affair at a White House meeting said he had a requirement & # 39; coordinated & # 39; that the country should investigate the Bidens with White House staff chief Mick Mulvaney.
Vindman, who witnessed a democratic investigation into allegations last month, said in a testimony on Friday that Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, made the statement at a White House meeting on 10 July.
That meeting was the site of what some witnesses describe as an outburst, after Sondland, a hotelier who donated $ 1 million to the inauguration of Donald Trump, raised the issue with Ukrainian officials about a & # 39; to deliver & # 39 ; – what Ukraine had to do to get a meeting with President Trump that it was looking for.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council, testified last month about an explosion over a meeting with Ukrainians in the White House – and says Ambassador Gordon Sondland claimed to have coordinated with the White House chief of staff
Vindman says he told Sondland after the meeting that the request & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; was – that the request to investigate the Bidens and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something that would involve the NSC, & he told the committee.
A group of top White House staff have handled the previous events in the White House Ward Room. Sondland, who had tackled problems with Ukraine and had direct contact with President Trump, defended himself.
& # 39; So I heard him say that this was coordinated with the White House chief of staff, Mr. Mick Mu1vaney, & # 39; Vindman testified.
In this file photo of October 17, 2019, White House acting chief of staff speaks to Mick Mulvaney in the White House briefing room, where he made statements about Ukraine that he later had to clean up
Vindman said that Gordon Sondland's pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; used to be
Speaking of Sondland, Vindman said: “He just said he had a conversation with Mr. Mulvaney, and this is what it took to get a meeting,” said Vindman's testimony.
Sondland also met with legislators and changed his original testimony to say that he personally told a top Ukrainian official that an investigation into the Bidens and 2016 was probably needed to release millions of US security assistance.
Vindman told the legislators that he considered Sondland's request incorrect.
& # 39; I found it inappropriate – to ask for an investigation – to ask a foreign power to investigate a US citizen. In my mind I had spent quite some time in that part of the world. I understand how the legal system works. It is not a rule of law that rules, & he said.
The testimony comes in the midst of a spit about Mulvaney who, despite a summons from the congress, refuses to appear for the investigation – after he said in his own cumbersome press conference last month that the security assistance had been stopped due to an investigation into an e-mail server emails from Hillary Clinton.
& # 39; That always happens, & # 39; he said, in comments that seemed to recognize a consideration that he later declined.
While the Democrats continue their accelerated investigation, Mulvaney did not show on Friday.
A senior civil servant told DailyMail.com: & Mick received a summons at 6:36 PM last night to seek a forced witness this morning at 9:00 AM. Although Mick is immune to coercion, making the subpoena unenforceable, the subpoena is also independently unenforceable based on a lack of reasonable notice. The committee knows that no court in the country will enforce a summons with a notice period of less than 15 hours. Moreover, in their statement this morning, when they complained about 8:59 am, the committee did not state the time that they sent the summons to Mick. & # 39;
Vindman, a Ukrainian specialist and speaker who emigrated to the US at the age of three, said he was afraid it would harm Ukraine if it jeopardized US support in two parts. The $ 391 in risk assistance represented around 10 percent of its military budget as it fought the Russians after the annexation of Crimea.
"I didn't think it was right to demand that a foreign government investigate a US citizen, and I was worried about the implications for US government support for Ukraine," he said.
Former National Security Officer Fiona Hill gave a testimony in line with that of Vindman when she said during the meeting that Sondland was talking about how he had an agreement with Chief of Staff Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians if they were to investigate. & # 39;
Vindman explained his position and said, "And you know, this wouldn't be – if they chose to do it, they might be able to tilt the scales, and this wouldn't be a fair examination, and it would, you know , make concessions to perhaps even fabricated information, if necessary. So these things, these thoughts all went through my mind. & # 39;
He eventually reported his concerns about the chain and brought it to a national security lawyer, he testified.