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& # 39; And it's a shame to question their patriotism, & # 39; said Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney about attacks on witnesses who provided information to the impeachment-led probe

The acting chairman of the House Oversight Committee cited testimony Tuesday by an army officer who supported President Donald Trump's call to the head of Ukraine & # 39; extremely worrying & # 39; follow the.

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Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who works on the White House National Security Council, spoke for a few hours on Tuesday morning after Trump accused him of being a & # 39; never-asset & # 39; and important allies asked the wounded Iraqi war veteran if his first loyalty was to the United States.

During a break in the Vindman statement, Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, the acting chairman of the Government Monitoring and Reform Committee, the statement of Vindman & # 39; extreme, extreme, extremely disturbing & # 39 ;. NBC News reported.

During the closed door interrogation by lawmakers in a secure area used by the House Intelligence Committee, Republicans and Democrats clashed. Democrats, led by group chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, accused Republicans of using the interview to eliminate the whistleblower who first brought forward claims of an alleged attempt to press Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, with the help of military assistance and a meeting of the White House as a lever.

& # 39; How can we choose someone if we don't know they are? & # 39; against Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), A Trump ally, CNN reported.

Vindman told the investigators Tuesday that he was listening to Donald Trump's call with the new president of Ukraine, Volodymr Zelensky and & # 39; did not think it was correct & # 39; – possibly an enormous stimulus for the investigation of the Democrats.

The president started his day on Twitter and hurled to Vindman, an active lieutenant colonel who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq, saying he & # 39; had never heard of him & # 39; but insisted that he be a & # 39; Never Trumper & # 39; used to be.

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The White House also ordered the officer not to testify, and asked the House Intelligence Committee to issue a summons that instructed him to testify.

Vindman, Ukraine's senior expert from the National Security Council, testified that he had twice expressed concern about the importance of the Trump government to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son.

He is the first White House official who says he has heard the call from July 25 between Trump and Zelensky that is central to the investigation of allegations.

Republican Congress Chair Rep. Liz Cheney destroyed & # 39; shameful & # 39; interrogation of Vindman's patriotism after attacks by Trump allies.

Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, spent her public admonition after controversial conservative commentators tried to discredit Vindman before his testimony – with a former Bush top government who compared him to a spy.

& # 39; I also want to say something about something else that has been going on in the last few hours and last night, which I find shameful, and that is questioning patriotism, questioning dedication to it. country, of people like Mr. Vindman – Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, who is coming today – and others who have testified, "Cheney said at a House Leadership press conference.

She even spoke after the former Bush Administration senior official, John Yoo compared part of the activities of Vindman in the National Security Council against & # 39; espionage & # 39 ;.

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Former Wisconsin GOP representative Sean Duffy took part in the attack, saying on CNN Tuesday about Vindman: & It seems very clear that he is incredibly worried about the Ukrainian defense. I don't know he's worried about American policy … we all have affinity with our home country where we came from … he has affinity with Ukraine. & # 39;

& # 39; And it's a shame to question their patriotism, & # 39; said Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney about attacks on witnesses who provided information to the impeachment-led probe

& # 39; And it's a shame to question their patriotism, & # 39; said Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney about attacks on witnesses who provided information to the impeachment-led probe

Host Laura Ingraham asked Yoo about a detail from a report in the New York Times that stated that Vindman advised Ukrainian officials on how to deal with Rudy Giuliani

Host Laura Ingraham asked Yoo about a detail from a report in the New York Times that stated that Vindman advised Ukrainian officials on how to deal with Rudy Giuliani

Host Laura Ingraham asked Yoo about a detail from a report in the New York Times that stated that Vindman advised Ukrainian officials on how to deal with Rudy Giuliani

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Vindman arrived in the Capitol in his uniform, with his Purple Heart and a series of other decorations for his service. He had to tell the legislators that he was a Jewish-born refugee born in Ukraine who & # 39; the American dream & # 39; had lived by serving his country in battle and as a diplomat.

Trump vented just before Lieutenant Colonel Vindman arrived that a transcript of the call shows that he was doing nothing wrong and that Vindman is an unimportant figure who has never hit the road with him.

& # 39; Why are there people I have never heard I have testified about the call? READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND THE IMPAACHMENT HOAX IS OVER! Ukrain (sic) said NO PRESSURE, & tweet Trump.

But finding Vindman a & # 39; Never Trumper & # 39; came when pro-Trump experts were attacked by other Republicans for questioning Lieutenant Col Vindman's patriotism, with a Fox News commentator accusing him of & # 39; espionage & # 39; against the president.

The officer had to testify that he is explicitly not the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint about the call launched a now-weeks chapter in the settlement saga.

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Scroll down to read LT. FULL OPENING STATEMENT BY COL VINDMAN

Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel of the army (pictured in the middle, who arrives at the Capitol on Tuesday), will tell House investigators that he has listened to President Donald Trump's call with new Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelensky and & # 39; didn't think it was right & # 39;

Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel of the army (pictured in the middle, who arrives at the Capitol on Tuesday), will tell House investigators that he has listened to President Donald Trump's call with new Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelensky and & # 39; didn't think it was right & # 39;

Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel of the army (pictured in the middle, who arrives at the Capitol on Tuesday), will tell House investigators that he has listened to President Donald Trump's call with new Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelensky and & # 39; didn't think it was right & # 39;

President Trump ventured on Twitter on Tuesday morning and said that a simple reading of the call's transcript in combination with Zelensky & # 39; s own public commentary should be sufficient to nullify the opinion of a junior official who he & # 39; has never heard of & # 39;

President Trump ventured on Twitter on Tuesday morning and said that a simple reading of the call's transcript in combination with Zelensky & # 39; s own public commentary should be sufficient to nullify the opinion of a junior official who he & # 39; has never heard of & # 39;

President Trump ventured on Twitter on Tuesday morning and said that a simple reading of the call's transcript in combination with Zelensky & # 39; s own public commentary should be sufficient to nullify the opinion of a junior official who he & # 39; has never heard of & # 39;

About an hour after he said & # 39; never from & # 39; After hearing Vindman, the president stated that he was a & # 39; Never Trumper & # 39; was - the name given to Republicans who were against him, starting with the launch of his presidential campaign in 2015
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About an hour after he said & # 39; never from & # 39; After hearing Vindman, the president stated that he was a & # 39; Never Trumper & # 39; was - the name given to Republicans who were against him, starting with the launch of his presidential campaign in 2015

About an hour after he said & # 39; never from & # 39; After hearing Vindman, the president stated that he was a & # 39; Never Trumper & # 39; was – the name given to Republicans who were against him, starting with the launch of his presidential campaign in 2015

& # 39; The Impeachment Hoax is a shame. Read the transcript! & # 39; Trump has added another post.

Trump used the same & # 39; never Trumper & # 39; insult to pursue career diplomat William Taylor, who stated in his own statement that he was troubled by government pressure to persuade Ukraine to finish statements to explain about investigations that would help the president to become a military aid and a meeting of the White House.

Zelensky said he did not feel any pressure on Trump's call to take action. The transcript does not seem to support the Democrats' assertion that Trump has linked US military aid directly to Ukraine to Zelensky's decision to launch an investigation that could bring a political advantage to the president in 2020.

Trump followed his indignation on social media with a series of retweets from congress allies who called the entire investigation into allegations illegal because of the mysterious and one-sided beginnings.

In his opening statement, first published by The New York Times, Vindman claimed that the National Security Council had suggested that Trump would call on President Zelensky 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 a US citizen, and I was concerned about the implications for US government support for Ukraine.

& # 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 to the two-part support it has maintained so far. & # 39;

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Burisma Holdings is the Ukrainian energy company where Biden Hunter's son held a lucrative board chair 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 to date.

Vindman claimed: & # 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 Vindman will be privately interviewed on Tuesday by 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., he was a political-military business officer for Russia before the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff prior to his appointment to the NSC.

Vindman is the last in a row of subpoenas that the House Democrats hope they will provide incriminating evidence against the President

Vindman is the last in a row of subpoenas that the House Democrats hope they will provide incriminating evidence against the President

Vindman is the last in a row of subpoenas that the House Democrats hope they will provide incriminating evidence against the President

Alexander Vindman (left) is seen with twin brother Eugene (right) and photographer Carol Kitman in October 2016 during a ceremony in Washington. Eugene - born Evgeny - is also an army lieutenant colonel in the National Security Council; the twins have offices in the same area of ​​the West Wing

Alexander Vindman (left) is seen with twin brother Eugene (right) and photographer Carol Kitman in October 2016 during a ceremony in Washington. Eugene - born Evgeny - is also an army lieutenant colonel in the National Security Council; the twins have offices in the same area of ​​the West Wing

Alexander Vindman (left) is seen with twin brother Eugene (right) and photographer Carol Kitman in October 2016 during a ceremony in Washington. Eugene – born Evgeny – is also an army lieutenant colonel in the National Security Council; the twins have offices in the same area of ​​the West Wing

Alexander Vindman is seen with wife Rachel and their daughter in front of the White House
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Alexander Vindman is seen with wife Rachel and their daughter in front of the White House

Alexander Vindman is seen with wife Rachel and their daughter in front of the White House

REFUGEES WITH A BRILLIANT MILITARY CAREER: LT. COL VINDMAN'S FIGHTING SERVICE

Army Lt. Col Alexander Vindman has a long military career as an infantry officer who has seen fighting and diplomatic service.

Born in Ukraine, his mother died before he was three and his father took his older brother, his twin Eugene and his grandmother to the US to escape the persecution of the Jews in the Soviet Union. They settled in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York, an area known as Little Odessa.

He and his twins starred in the documentary Ken Burns, America, in an image that symbolizes the dream of immigrants.

Alexander Vindman joined the army in 1998, after graduating from New York State University, and was appointed to Cornell University the following year.

After basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia, he was first deployed in South Korea as a junior infantry and anti-armored officer.

He saw fighting in 2003 and was injured and received the purple star. Other foreign broadcasts include to Germany and he has a series of medals for his service.

He is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, graduated from Harvard in Eastern European studies and has held diplomatic positions for the army since 2008.

This is what his Army Service Uniform shows about what he has achieved.

To the left of his uniform he carries prizes given to him as an individual:

Above: Combat Infantryman Badge – shows that Lt. Col Vindman has seen action as an infantry officer, which he did in Iraq.

Top row of ribbons: Purple Heart, awarded in 2003 after an IED attack in Iraq.

Defense Meritorious Service medal with oak leaf. To stand out in non-combat operations; awarded twice.

Second row: Meritorious Service Medal – given to officers with a higher rank for excellent service; can be awarded for battles, but unknown if Vindland was & # 39; s.

Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaves – for continuing heroic deeds or meritorious service; Vindland has received it four times.

Army performance medal with oak leaf – for creditable service as a non-commissioned officer. Awarded twice.

Third row: National Defense Service Medal – for honorable service since 11 September 2001.

Global War On Terror Expeditionary Medal – given for deployment in Iraq.

Global War On Terror Service Medal – given for duty of support to combat operations in Iraq or Afghanistan, or both.

Fourth row: Korean defense service medal – for serving as an infantry officer in Korea in 2000. Military service ribbon – for completing training as an officer. Army Overseas Service Ribbon – because he has served abroad.

Below (left): Ranger tab – meaning he has completed the tough 61-day Ranger School course in infantry combat with small units.

Below (right): Paratroopers wings: is qualified to take action during operations in the air.

License plate of the joint chiefs of staff. Vindman works for the Joint Chiefs in the National Security Council.

To the right of his uniform, Vindman is awarded awards to units in which he has served:

Above: 2nd cavalry regiment. Was deployed in Iraq in 2003, suggesting that Vindman served with them when he was wounded. The unit contains infantry elements.

First row of ribbons: Joint Meritorious Unit Award. Same as the Defense Superior Service Medal for an individual.

Second row of ribbons (from the left): Valorous Unit Award. Same as the Silver Star for an individual.

Commendation of the naval unit – suggests that he was associated with a naval unit during his career.

Unknown.

Left: White House Service Badge, for active service in the National Security Council. Right: 25th Infantry Division.

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;

REPUBLICAN CIVIL WAR ON INJURY COL. NOT TO LOVE HIS COUNTRY

Republican Congress Chair Rep. Liz Cheney destroyed & # 39; shameful & # 39; interrogation of the patriotism of an important witness who testified Iraq and testified Tuesday after he was undermined by prominent conservatives.

Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, spent her public admonition after controversial conservative commentators attempted to discredit the witness Col. Alexander Vindman before his testimony – with a former top Bush administration who compared him to a spy.

Former President of the Bush Administration John Yoo participated in a panel segment that undermined Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman before his testimony to Congress Committees Tuesday

Former President of the Bush Administration John Yoo participated in a panel segment that undermined Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman before his testimony to Congress Committees Tuesday

Former President of the Bush Administration John Yoo participated in a panel segment that undermined Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman before his testimony to Congress Committees Tuesday

& # 39; I also want to say something about something else that has been going on in the last few hours and last night, which I find shameful, and that is questioning patriotism, questioning dedication to it. country, of people like Mr. Vindman – Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, who is coming today – and others who have testified, "Cheney said at a House Leadership press conference.

She even spoke after the former Bush Administration senior official, John Yoo compared part of the activities of Vindman in the National Security Council against & # 39; espionage & # 39 ;.

Former Wisconsin GOP representative Sean Duffy took part in the attack, saying on CNN Tuesday about Vindman: & It seems very clear that he is incredibly worried about the Ukrainian defense. I don't know he's worried about American policy … we all have affinity with our home country where we came from … he has affinity with Ukraine. & # 39;

Vindman must tell the committee that he is not the whistleblower who brought the matter to the attention of the CIA. He also claimed that he had never had direct contact or communication with the president.

& # 39; I have communicated certain concerns internally to national security officials in accordance with my decades of experience and training, sense of duty and obligation to operate within the command structure.

& # 39; As a soldier in active service, the command structure is very important to me. & # 39; Vindman said there was another incident that he thought was inappropriate and he reported this to the National Security Council's chief adviser.

He claimed that Oleksandr Danylyuk, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council for Ukraine, visited Washington, D.C. on July 10 to meet with national security adviser John Bolton.

He said that Gordon D. Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, who resigned earlier this month as US special envoy to Ukraine, 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 started talking 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 stressed 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.

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

Vindman is married and has a child and has a twin brother named Eugene, who also serves in the army. It is understood that he is a lawyer in the National Security Council.

In his statement, Alexander claimed that his family had fled the Soviet Union when he was three. Upon his arrival in New York City in 1979, his father worked several jobs to support them while he & # 39; learned English at night.

The Trump campaign has claimed that Biden has destroyed a Ukrainian investigation into Burisma, where Biden & # 39; s son Hunter served on the board from 2014 until earlier this year, using the threat of withholding US foreign aid.

Biden has denied any misconduct, and Trump's phone call to the Ukrainian president asking him to investigate the case is at the heart of House Democrats' increasing accusation probe in Trump.

Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney for Donald Trump, claimed earlier this month that Ukrainian gas company Burisma Joe Biden paid $ 900,000 in lobbying fees, referring to documents released by a Ukrainian MP.

"Biden, his son and his brother had a 30-year scam to earn millions, selling his public office," Giuliani said in an interview on Wednesday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The interview with Giuliani was only a few hours after Biden first supported Trump's accusation.

& # 39; First senator, second vice president. Ukraine, just the tip of the iceberg, & Giuliani continued.

The Trump campaign has claimed that Biden has destroyed a Ukrainian investigation into Burisma, where Biden & # 39; s son Hunter served on the board from 2014 until earlier this year, using the threat of withholding US foreign aid. Biden is pictured with son Hunter in 2010

The Trump campaign has claimed that Biden has destroyed a Ukrainian investigation into Burisma, where Biden & # 39; s son Hunter served on the board from 2014 until earlier this year, using the threat of withholding US foreign aid. Biden is pictured with son Hunter in 2010

The Trump campaign has claimed that Biden has destroyed a Ukrainian investigation into Burisma, where Biden & # 39; s son Hunter served on the board from 2014 until earlier this year, using the threat of withholding US foreign aid. Biden is pictured with son Hunter in 2010

Vindman claimed that he had reported an incident with Gordon D. Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, to the National Security Council's chief adviser. He claimed that Sondman emphasized the importance that Ukraine provided the investigation into the 2016 elections, the Bidens and Burisma, during a debriefing which, according to him, & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; used to be

Vindman claimed that he had reported an incident with Gordon D. Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, to the National Security Council's chief adviser. He claimed that Sondman emphasized the importance that Ukraine provided the investigation into the 2016 elections, the Bidens and Burisma, during a debriefing which, according to him, & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; used to be

Vindman claimed that he had reported an incident with Gordon D. Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, to the National Security Council's chief adviser. He claimed that Sondman emphasized the importance that Ukraine provided the investigation into the 2016 elections, the Bidens and Burisma, during a debriefing which, according to him, & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; used to be

On April 21, 2019, Volodymyr Zelensky was elected President of Ukraine in a landslide victory

Oleksandr Danylyuk, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council for Ukraine

Oleksandr Danylyuk, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council for Ukraine

Kurt Volker, former special envoy from the US to Ukraine

Kurt Volker, former special envoy from the US to Ukraine

Alexander Vindman expressed concern about comments from Gordon Sondland when Oleksandr Danylyuk, (left), the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council for Ukraine, visited Washington DC in July. Former US Special Envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, (right), also attended the meeting

Giuliani made new allegations at a press conference in Kiev by Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach, who claimed that he had investigative documents showing that Burisma Biden paid nearly a million dollars in lobbying fees.

In his closing remarks, Vindman said it was vital that the US and Ukraine & # 39; lagging partners & # 39; to remain with a relationship rooted in the idea that free citizens must be able to exercise their democratic rights, choose their own destiny and live in peace. .

He adds: & # 39; It was a great honor to serve the American people and a privilege to work in the White House and at the National Security Council. I hope to continue to serve and promote America's national security interests. & # 39;

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the Democratic House announced that a resolution will be voted on this week to confirm the investigation of accusations, to establish rules for public hearings and to describe the possible process of writing accusations against Trump.

Pelosi told his colleague & # 39; s Monday in a letter from The Associated Press that the vote & clears away any doubt & # 39; whether the Trump administration should adhere to the investigation.

Republicans claim that the impeachment probe is not legitimate unless Parliament casts a vote to authorize it. Pelosi disputes this view as being & # 39; not a merit & # 39 ;.

The White House has released the bomb transcript of President Donald Trump's telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine, where Trump is urging his counterparty to investigate Joe Biden and work directly with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani – and even the hacked email server from DNC brings up.

But the transcript does not show that Trump is linking the investigation to help Ukraine while talking to Zelensky, the consideration suggested in some reports.

The call is part of the whistleblower complaint by an unknown intelligence officer who alleges a pattern of misconduct by the president in his dealings with Ukraine, but is blocked from being passed on to Congress.

In the call, the president names political rival Biden by name, searches for a company tied to Biden's surviving son, Hunter, and predicts that the Ukrainian economy will be & # 39; better and better & # 39; will – but does not explicitly link the help of the United States to the country for the investigation that he is demanding.

He urges the president to contact Giuliani, who canceled a planned mission to Ukraine this summer after he established a Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden was on the board.

& # 39; There is much talk about Biden's son that Biden has stopped the persecution and many people want to know about it, so anything you can do with the Attorney General would be great & # 39 ;, Trump says , according to the transcript.

'Biden ging erover opscheppen dat hij de vervolging stopte, dus als je er naar kunt kijken … het klinkt verschrikkelijk voor mij,' zei de president tegen de Oekraïense president Volodymyr Zelensky.

De Oekraïense president verzekerde Trump: 'De volgende officier van justitie zal 100 procent mijn persoon zijn, mijn kandidaat, die zal worden goedgekeurd door het parlement en zal beginnen. Als nieuwe officier van justitie in september.

'Hij of zij zal de situatie onderzoeken, met name naar het bedrijf dat u in deze uitgave hebt genoemd. De kwestie van het onderzoek van de zaak is eigenlijk de kwestie van ervoor zorgen dat de eerlijkheid wordt hersteld, zodat we daar voor zorgen en aan het onderzoek zullen werken. & # 39;

LEES VOLLEDIG: Lt. Kol. Alex Vindman's openingsverklaring voor beschuldigingsonderzoek over de oproep van Trump-Oekraïne

Voor de Tweede Kamer Permanente Select Commissie voor Inlichtingen, de Tweede Kamer voor Buitenlandse Zaken en de Tweede Kamer Commissie voor Toezicht en Hervorming

October 29, 2019

Meneer de voorzitter en lid van de ranglijst, bedankt voor de gelegenheid om de comités toe te spreken over de activiteiten met betrekking tot Oekraïne en mijn rol in de onderzochte evenementen.

Achtergrond

Ik heb mijn hele professionele leven gewijd aan de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. Al meer dan twee decennia is het mijn eer om als officier in het Amerikaanse leger te dienen. Als infanterieambtenaar diende ik meerdere overzeese reizen, waaronder Zuid-Korea en Duitsland, en een uitzending naar Irak voor gevechtsoperaties. In Irak raakte ik gewond bij een IED-aanval en kreeg ik een Purple Heart.

Kolonel Alexander S. Vindman zal deze verklaring naar verwachting dinsdag afleveren

Kolonel Alexander S. Vindman zal deze verklaring naar verwachting dinsdag afleveren

Kolonel Alexander S. Vindman zal deze verklaring naar verwachting dinsdag afleveren

Sinds 2008 ben ik officier voor buitenlandse zaken, gespecialiseerd in Eurazië. In deze rol heb ik gediend in de ambassades van de Verenigde Staten in Kiev, Oekraïne en Moskou, Rusland. In Washington D.C. was ik politiek-militaire zakenofficier voor Rusland voor de voorzitter van de Joint Chiefs waar ik de hoofdstrategie schreef voor het beheren van de concurrentie met Rusland. In juli 2018 werd mij gevraagd om te dienen bij de Nationale Veiligheidsraad.

Het voorrecht om mijn land te dienen is niet alleen geworteld in mijn militaire dienst, maar ook in mijn persoonlijke geschiedenis. Ik zit hier, als luitenant-kolonel in het Amerikaanse leger, een immigrant. Mijn familie is de Sovjet-Unie ontvlucht toen ik drie en een half jaar oud was. Bij aankomst in New York City in 1979, werkte mijn vader meerdere banen om ons te ondersteunen, terwijl hij 's nachts Engels leerde. Hij benadrukte ons het belang van volledige integratie in ons geadopteerde land. Jarenlang was het leven vrij moeilijk. Ondanks ons uitdagende begin, werkte mijn familie aan het bouwen van een eigen Amerikaanse droom. Ik heb een diepe waardering voor Amerikaanse waarden en idealen en de kracht van vrijheid. Ik ben een patriot en het is mijn heilige plicht en eer om ONS land te bevorderen en te verdedigen, ongeacht partij of politiek.

Al meer dan twintig jaar als een actieve militaire officier en diplomaat van de Verenigde Staten, dien ik dit land op een niet-partijgebonden manier en heb ik dit gedaan met het grootste respect en professionaliteit voor zowel de Republikeinse als de Democratische overheid.

Invoering

Voordat ik mijn herinnering aan verschillende onderzochte gebeurtenissen vertel, wil ik enkele kwesties ophelderen. Ik verschijnt vandaag vrijwillig op basis van een dagvaarding en zal alle vragen naar mijn beste weten beantwoorden.

Ik wil dat de commissies weten dat ik niet de klokkenluider ben die deze kwestie onder de aandacht van de CIA heeft gebracht. Ik weet niet wie de klokkenluider is en ik zou me niet op mijn gemak voelen om te speculeren over de identiteit van de klokkenluider.

Zoals ik hier in detail zal beschrijven, heb ik bepaalde zorgen intern aan de nationale veiligheidsbeambten overgebracht in overeenstemming met mijn tientallen jaren ervaring en opleiding, plichtsbesef en verplichting om binnen de commandostructuur te opereren. Als militair in actieve dienst is de commandostructuur voor mij uiterst belangrijk. On many occasions I have been told I should express my views and share my concerns with my chain of command and proper authorities. I believe that any good military officer should and would do the same, thus providing his or her best advice to leadership.

Furthermore, in performing my coordination role as a Director on the National Security Council, I provided readouts of relevant meetings and communications to a very small group of properly cleared national security counterparts with a relevant need-to-know.

My Service on the National Security Council

When I joined the White House's National Security Council ("NSC"), I reported to Dr. Fiona Hill, who in turn reported to John Bolton, the National Security Advisor. My role at the NSC includes developing, coordinating, and executing plans and policies to manage the full range of diplomatic, informational, military, and economic national security issues for the countries in my portfolio, which includes Ukraine.

In my position, I coordinate with a superb cohort of inter-agency partners. I regularly prepare internal memoranda, talking points, and other materials for the National Security Advisor and senior staff.

Most of my interactions relate to national security issues and are therefore especially sensitive. I would urge the Committees to carefully balance the need for information against the impact that disclosure would have on our foreign policy and national security.

I have never had direct contact or communications with the President.

The Geopolitical Importance of Ukraine

Since 2008, Russia has manifested an overtly aggressive foreign policy, leveraging military power and employing hybrid warfare to achieve its objectives of regional hegemony and global influence. Absent a deterrent to dissuade Russia from such aggression, there is an increased risk of further confrontations with the West. In this situation, a strong and independent Ukraine is critical to U.S. national security interests because Ukraine is a frontline state and a bulwark against Russian aggression.

In spite of being under assault from Russia for more than five years, Ukraine has taken major steps towards integrating with the West. The U.S. government policy community's view is that the election of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the promise of reforms to eliminate corruption will lock in Ukraine's Western-leaning trajectory, and allow Ukraine to realize its dream of a vibrant democracy and economic prosperity.

Given this perspective and my commitment to advancing our government's strategic interests, I will now recount several events that occurred.

Relevant Events

When I joined the NSC in July 2018, I began implementing the administration's policy on Ukraine. In the Spring of 2019, I became aware of outside influencers promoting a false narrative of Ukraine inconsistent with the consensus views of the interagency. This narrative was harmful to U.S. government policy. While my interagency colleagues and I were becoming increasingly optimistic on Ukraine's prospects, this alternative narrative undermined U.S. government efforts to expand cooperation with Ukraine.

April 21, 2019: President Trump Calls Ukraine President Zelenskyy

On April 21, 2019, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected President of Ukraine in a landslide victory. President Zelenskyy was seen as a unifying figure within the country. He was the first candidate to win a majority in every region of the country, breaking the claims that Ukraine would be subject to a perpetual divide between the Ukrainian- and Russian-speaking populations. President Zelenskyy ran on a platform of unity, reform, and anti-corruption, which resonated with the entire country.

In support of U.S. policy objectives to support Ukrainian sovereignty, President Trump called President Zelenskyy on April 21, 2019. I was one of several staff and officers who listened to the call. The call was positive, and President Trump expressed his desire to work with President Zelenskyy and extended an invitation to visit the White House.

May 21, 2019: Inauguration Delegation Goes to Ukraine

On May 21, 2019, I was directed by Ambassador Bolton and Dr. Hill to join the delegation attending President Zelenkskyy's inauguration. When the delegation returned, they provided a debriefing to President Trump and explained their positive assessment of President Zelenskyy and his team. I did not participate in the debriefing.

Oleksandr Danylyuk Visit – July 10, 2019

On July 10, 2019, Oleksandr Danylyuk, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council for Ukraine, visited Washington, D.C. for a meeting with National Security Advisor Bolton. Ambassadors Volker and Sondland also attended, along with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

The meeting proceeded well until the Ukrainians broached the subject of a meeting between the two presidents. The Ukrainians saw this meeting as critically important in order to solidify the support of their most important international partner. Amb. Sondland started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President, at which time Ambassador Bolton cut the meeting short.

Following this meeting, there was a scheduled debriefing during which Amb. Sondland emphasized the importance that Ukraine deliver the investigations into the 2016 election, the Bidens, and Burisma. I stated to 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 the NSC was going to get involved in or push. Dr. Hill then entered the room and asserted to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate.

Following the debriefing meeting, I reported my concerns to the NSC's lead counsel. Dr. Hill also reported the incident to the NSC's lead counsel.

Election Call – July 25, 2019

On July 21, 2019, President Zelenskyy's party won Parliamentary elections in a landslide victory. The NSC proposed that President Trump call President Zelenskyy to congratulate him.

On July 25, 2019, the call occurred. I listened in on the call in the Situation Room with colleagues from the NSC and the office of the Vice President. As the transcript is in the public record, we are all aware of what was said.

I was concerned by the call. I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government's support of Ukraine. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained. This would all undermine U.S. national security. Following the call, I again reported my concerns to NSC's lead counsel.

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The United States and Ukraine are and must remain strategic partners, working together to realize the shared vision of a stable, prosperous, and democratic Ukraine that is integrated into the Euro-Atlantic community. Our partnership is rooted in the idea that free citizens should be able to exercise their democratic rights, choose their own destiny, and live in peace.

It has been a great honor to serve the American people and a privilege to work in the White House and on the National Security Council. I hope to continue to serve and advance America's national security interests.

Thank you again for your consideration, and now I would be happy to answer your questions.

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