NEW YORK – Keywords and statements in the transcript of a July phone conversation between Us President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky were omitted. As reported on its website, the newspaper The New York Times, such testimony was given on Tuesday to three committees of the lower house of Congress, the employee of the national security Council (NSC) of the White House Alexander Vindman.
According to the newspaper, Vindman privately answered questions from members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the intelligence select Committee and The house oversight and government reform Committee for 11 hours. An employee of the NSC and a career military officer said what does hide the icons in the transcript, designed to denote unspoken phrases of leaders of the two countries.
For example, as far as Vindman remembers, Zelensky’s mention of the name of the gas company Burisma disappeared from the transcript, the board of which in 2014 included the son of former US Vice President Hunter Biden. The document omits Trump’s repeated references to a recording of a speech in which Joseph Biden recommended that Viktor Shokhin be fired as Ukraine’s Attorney General.
An NSC official testified that he was instructed to make clarifications in a hard copy of the audio recording of the conversation between the leaders of the two countries. Vindman handed over the work to his immediate superior. In a transcript released later by the White House, some of the corrections were retained and some were not accounted.
The newspaper recalls that the American side reproduced the conversation between Trump and Zelensky from recordings of stenographers made by ear, and software designed to recognize the voice of an individual. This program most often does not fix proper names and technical terms.