Alexander Vindman says he twice expressed concern about the interaction with Ukraine.
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a national Security Council official who twice tried to draw attention to the Trump administration’s attempts to persuade Ukraine to launch an investigation into Democrats and Joe Biden, testifies in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as part of the impeachment investigation.
In the prepared text of Vindman’s speech, it is noted that he heard a July conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and expressed concern about this to the chief lawyer of the national Security Council.
Vindman became the first White House staffer to hear Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on July 25, and testify. He also became the first serving officer of the White House performing in front of committees, leading the investigation on the issue of impeachment.
Trump on Tuesday once again criticized the investigation on Twitter, writing, “Why on earth would people I’ve never even heard of testify about this conversation. Just read the transcript of the conversation, and the farce of impeachment will end!”
Trump added: “How many more Never Trumpers will be allowed to testify about a perfectly appropriate phone call when all anyone has to do is READ THE TRANSCRIPT! I knew people were listening in on the call (why would I say something inappropriate?), which was fine with me, but why so many?”
“According to the corrupt media, a telephone conversation with Ukraine “disturbed” today’s witness, – the President wrote. – Are we talking about the same conversation?” It’s impossible. Please ask him to read the transcript. Witch hunt!”
Why are people that I never even heard of testifying about the call. Just READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX IS OVER! Ukrain said NO PRESSURE. https://t.co/VYmW8bYcgS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2019