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Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director of European Affairs of the National Security Council, arrives on Wednesday at a private session in front of House Intelligence

A White House lawyer hurried to move a transcript of President Donald Trump's call with the Ukrainian president on a very secret server, after Alexander Vindman, White House expert, expressed concern about the call, according to a new report.

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Vindman hurried to the White House attorney John Eisenberg's office after the July 25 call and complained that what the President had said during the call was wrong, the Washington Post said.

Eisenberg, legal adviser to the White House for national security issues, immediately suggested moving a call transcription to a highly classified server and restricting access to it, according to two people familiar with the Vindman account.

Investigators of the house accusation on Wednesday evening have announced that they have asked Eisenberg and a fellow White House lawyer, Mike Ellis, to testify Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director of European Affairs of the National Security Council, arrives on Wednesday at a private session in front of House Intelligence

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director of European Affairs of the National Security Council, arrives on Wednesday at a private session in front of House Intelligence

Vindman, who was born in Ukraine, expressed great concern about Trump's policy toward the country after the July 25 telephone call

Vindman, who was born in Ukraine, expressed great concern about Trump's policy toward the country after the July 25 telephone call

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Vindman, who was born in Ukraine, expressed great concern about Trump's policy toward the country after the July 25 telephone call

It is after Vindman told House legislators that he was convinced that Trump personally held $ 400 million in support for Ukraine to force the country to announce that it was investigating the presidential hopeful Joe Biden 2020 and his son.

CNN reported Wednesday that Vindman, who sat down for a statement on Tuesday on Capitol Hill, was convinced that there was a consideration by July 10, which was before the now infamous call of July 25 between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Vindman also told lawmakers: according to Politico, that he intended to interview Trump about the inauguration of Zelenksy in May, but was instructed & # 39; at the last minute & # 39; not being present because advisors were afraid it would confuse the president.

Trump, Vindman thought, had the impression that the best Ukrainian expert of the National Security Council was Kash Patel, an old employee of Rep. Devin Nunes, the best Republican of the Intelligence Commission.

Vindman & # 39; s boss, NSC Senior Director for European and Russian affairs Fiona Hill told Vindman that she and national security adviser John Bolton have decided to keep Vindman from the meeting to & # 39; an uncomfortable & # 39; situation.

Vindman said that Patel misrepresented himself & # 39; as an expert in Ukraine, Politico reported.

According to Politico, Alexander Vindman testified that Kash Patel (right) represented himself & # 39; wrongly & # 39; as an expert in Ukraine. And although Vindman was the best Ukraine expert of the National Security Council, he was told that he would not be attending a meeting with Patel, as this could confuse Trump
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According to Politico, Alexander Vindman testified that Kash Patel (right) represented himself & # 39; wrongly & # 39; as an expert in Ukraine. And although Vindman was the best Ukraine expert of the National Security Council, he was told that he would not be attending a meeting with Patel, as this could confuse Trump

According to Politico, Alexander Vindman testified that Kash Patel (right) represented himself & # 39; wrongly & # 39; as an expert in Ukraine. And although Vindman was the best Ukraine expert of the National Security Council, he was told that he would not be attending a meeting with Patel, as this could confuse Trump

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.

But hours later, Vindman's testimony was already alarming to members of Congress.

Acting Chairman of the Monitoring Committee, rep. Carolyn Maloney, calling it & # 39; extremely disturbing & # 39 ;. NBC News reported.

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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; It's very hard to find someone that you don't know who they are, & # 39; Rep. Meadows (R-N.C.), an Trump ally, told DailyMail.com and denied the charge.

& # 39; Generally, you want to know with whom your witnesses have spoken about certain information they share. And that's the extent of the conversation, & he said. He said he wanted to know & # 39; with whom they spoke & # 39 ;.

Even when he denied attempting to expose the whistleblower, although he had fired up the investigation of allegations, Meadows said he had a lot of certainty about who it might be.

& # 39; These were just a few questions about who you talked to, and (Democrats) got confused because they thought we would find someone we don't know who they are, & # 39; he said.

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& # 39; If I had a certainty who the whistleblower is, I promise I would tell you. I have no idea who it is. Well, I have an idea, but I don't know – I have less than 80 percent confidence, & he went on. & # 39; I think there are three or four people. & # 39;

& # 39; I do nothing without a hundred percent knowledge. It's not 100, I'm not going to say it, & he said.

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 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 testified that he expressed concern twice about the importance of the Trump government for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

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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 ;.

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;

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

Rep. Adam Schiff accused Republicans of using questions to get the whistleblower out of the closet

Rep. Adam Schiff accused Republicans of using questions to get the whistleblower out of the closet

Rep. Adam Schiff accused Republicans of using questions to get the whistleblower out of the closet

& # 39; It's very hard to find someone that you don't know who they are, & # 39; Rep. Meadows (R-N.C.) told DailyMail.com. But he said he was 80 percent sure of the whistleblower's identity
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& # 39; It's very hard to find someone that you don't know who they are, & # 39; Rep. Meadows (R-N.C.) told DailyMail.com. But he said he was 80 percent sure of the whistleblower's identity

& # 39; It's very hard to find someone that you don't know who they are, & # 39; Rep. Meadows (R-N.C.) told DailyMail.com. But he said he was 80 percent sure of the whistleblower's identity

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) Named Vindman & # 39; s testimony & # 39; & # 39; extreme, extreme, extremely disturbing & # 39;

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) Named Vindman & # 39; s testimony & # 39; & # 39; extreme, extreme, extremely disturbing & # 39;

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) Named Vindman & # 39; s testimony & # 39; & # 39; extreme, extreme, extremely disturbing & # 39;

Vindman arrived in the Capitol in his uniform, with his Purple Heart and a series of other decorations for his service.

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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 who questioned 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 deposition 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

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;

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.

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

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 beweerde dat hij een incident met Gordon D. Sondland, ambassadeur van de Verenigde Staten bij de Europese Unie, had gemeld aan de hoofdadviseur van de National Security Council. Hij beweerde dat Sondman het belang benadrukte dat Oekraïne het onderzoek naar de verkiezingen van 2016, de Bidens en Burisma, tijdens een debriefing leverde die volgens hem 'ongepast' used to be

Vindman beweerde dat hij een incident met Gordon D. Sondland, ambassadeur van de Verenigde Staten bij de Europese Unie, had gemeld aan de hoofdadviseur van de National Security Council. Hij beweerde dat Sondman het belang benadrukte dat Oekraïne het onderzoek naar de verkiezingen van 2016, de Bidens en Burisma, tijdens een debriefing leverde die volgens hem 'ongepast' used to be

Vindman beweerde dat hij een incident met Gordon D. Sondland, ambassadeur van de Verenigde Staten bij de Europese Unie, had gemeld aan de hoofdadviseur van de National Security Council. Hij beweerde dat Sondman het belang benadrukte dat Oekraïne het onderzoek naar de verkiezingen van 2016, de Bidens en Burisma, tijdens een debriefing leverde die volgens hem 'ongepast' used to be

Op 21 april 2019 werd Volodymyr Zelensky tot president van Oekraïne gekozen in een aardverschuivingsoverwinning

Oleksandr Danylyuk, secretaris van de Nationale Veiligheids- en Defensieraad voor Oekraïne

Oleksandr Danylyuk, secretaris van de Nationale Veiligheids- en Defensieraad voor Oekraïne

Kurt Volker, voormalig speciaal gezant van de VS naar Oekraïne

Kurt Volker, voormalig speciaal gezant van de VS naar Oekraïne

Alexander Vindman, uitte bezorgdheid over opmerkingen van Gordon Sondland toen Oleksandr Danylyuk, (links), de secretaris van de Nationale Veiligheids- en Defensieraad voor Oekraïne, in juli Washington DC bezocht. Voormalig speciaal gezant van de VS voor de Oekraïne, Kurt Volker, (rechts), had ook de vergadering bijgewoond

Giuliani haalde nieuwe beschuldigingen aan tijdens een persconferentie in Kiev door de Oekraïense parlementslid Andriy Derkach, die beweerde dat hij onderzoeksdocumenten had waaruit bleek dat Burisma Biden bijna een miljoen dollar aan lobbykosten betaalde.

In zijn slotopmerkingen zei Vindman dat het van vitaal belang is dat de VS en Oekraïne 'achterblijvende partners' blijven met een relatie die is geworteld in het idee dat vrije burgers hun democratische rechten moeten kunnen uitoefenen, hun eigen bestemming kunnen kiezen en in vrede kunnen leven. .

Hij voegt eraan toe: 'Het was een grote eer om het Amerikaanse volk te dienen en een voorrecht om in het Witte Huis en bij de National Security Council te werken. Ik hoop de nationale veiligheidsbelangen van Amerika te blijven dienen en bevorderen. & # 39;

Spreker Nancy Pelosi van het Democratisch Huis kondigde aan dat er deze week zal worden gestemd over een resolutie om het onderzoek naar beschuldiging te bevestigen, regels vast te stellen voor openbare hoorzittingen en het mogelijke proces te beschrijven voor het schrijven van beschuldigingsartikelen tegen Trump.

Pelosi vertelde zijn collega's maandag in een brief van The Associated Press dat de stemming 'elke twijfel wegneemt' of de Trump-administratie zich aan het onderzoek moet houden.

Republikeinen beweren dat de impeachment-sonde niet legitiem is, tenzij het Parlement een stem uitbrengt om het te autoriseren. Pelosi betwist deze opvatting als zijnde 'geen verdienste'.

Het Witte Huis heeft de bomtranscriptie vrijgegeven van het telefoongesprek van president Donald Trump met de president van Oekraïne, waar Trump zijn tegenpartij aanspoort om Joe Biden te onderzoeken en rechtstreeks met zijn persoonlijke advocaat Rudy Giuliani te werken – en zelfs de gehackte e-mailserver van DNC ter sprake brengt.

Maar het transcript laat niet zien dat Trump het onderzoek koppelt om Oekraïne te helpen terwijl hij met Zelensky sprak, de tegenprestatie die in sommige rapporten werd gesuggereerd.

De oproep maakt deel uit van de klokkenluidersklacht van een onbekende inlichtingenfunctionaris die een patroon van wangedrag beweert door de president in zijn omgang met Oekraïne, maar die is geblokkeerd om aan het Congres te worden doorgegeven.

In the call, the president mentions political rival Biden by name, seeks an inquiry into a company tied to Biden's surviving son, Hunter, and predicts Ukraine's economy will do 'better and better' – but does not explicitly tie the United States' aid to the country to the investigation he demands.

He urges the president to contact Giuliani, who this summer called off a planned mission to Ukraine after bringing up a Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden served on the board.

'There is a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,' Trump says, according to the transcript.

'Biden went about bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… it sounds horrible to me,' the president told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Ukrainian president assured Trump: 'The next prosecutor general will be 100 per cent my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start. As a new prosecutor in September.

'He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation.'

READ IN FULL: Lt. Col. Alex Vindman's opening statement to impeachment inquiry about Trump-Ukraine call

Before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

October 29, 2019

Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, thank you for the opportunity to address the Committees concerning the activities relating to Ukraine and my role in the events under investigation.

Background

I have dedicated my entire professional life to the United States of America. For more than two decades, it has been my honor to serve as an officer in the United States Army. As an infantry officer, I served multiple overseas tours, including South Korea and Germany, and a deployment to Iraq for combat operations. In Iraq, I was wounded in an IED attack and awarded a Purple Heart.

Colonel Alexander S. Vindman is expected to deliver this statement on Tuesday

Colonel Alexander S. Vindman is expected to deliver this statement on Tuesday

Colonel Alexander S. Vindman is expected to deliver this statement on Tuesday

Since 2008, I have been a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Eurasia. In this role, I have served in the United States' embassies in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia. In Washington, D.C., I was a politico-military affairs officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs where I authored the principle strategy for managing competition with Russia. In July 2018, I was asked to serve at the National Security Council.

The privilege of serving my country is not only rooted in my military service, but also in my personal history. I sit here, as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, an immigrant. 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. He stressed to us the importance of fully integrating into our adopted country. For years, life was pretty difficult. In spite of our challenging beginnings, my family worked to build its own American dream. 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 advance and defend OUR country, irrespective of party or politics.

For over twenty years as an active duty United States military officer and diplomat, I have served this country in a nonpartisan manner, and have done so with the utmost respect and professionalism for both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Invoering

Before recounting my recollection of various events under investigation, I want to clarify a few issues. I am appearing today voluntarily pursuant to a subpoena and will answer all questions to the best of my recollection.

I want the Committees to know I am not the whistleblower who brought this issue to the CIA and the Committees' attention. I do not know who the whistleblower is and I would not feel comfortable to speculate as to the identity of the whistleblower.

Also, as I will detail herein, I did convey 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 chain of command. As an active duty military officer, the command structure is extremely important to me. 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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