According to the publication, the expert on Ukraine Alexander Vindman twice sent objections about the relations of Trump and his entourage with Kyiv.
A White House official working in the field of national security on Tuesday plans to tell the impeachment investigation, which is conducted by the House of Representatives, that he heard President Donald Trump appealed to the President of Ukraine to investigate the activities of one of the main political rivals.
The New York Times reported.
The newspaper writes that the employee felt that this request was causing significant damage to American interests and reported it to his boss.
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a leading expert on Ukraine at the National Security Council, has twice presented internal objections to the way Trump and his inner circle are treating Ukraine.
According to a draft version of his opening statement, which appeared in the possession of the New York Times, he intends to tell investigators that he took these actions “out of a sense of duty.”
He will be the first White House staffer to hear Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on July 25, who will testify, the New York Times notes.
The conversation, in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the activities of former Vice President Joseph Biden, was at the center of the impeachment investigation.
“I considered it inappropriate to require a foreign government to investigate the activities of an American citizen, and I was concerned about the consequences in terms of the US government’s support for Ukraine,” Vindman said in a statement.