NSC official to testify Trump undermined national security with Ukraine pressure

“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,” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official overseeing Ukraine policy, plans to tell lawmakers, referring to Trump’s efforts to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukrainian to investigate Joe Biden.

Vindman, who will become the first White House official to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry, also plans to testify that he reported Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky to the NSC’s top lawyer. It was the second time Vindman had raised concerns to the NSC’s counsel about the Trump administration’s posture toward Ukraine.

Vindman will become the first official who listened in on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky to speak to lawmakers.

Article URL : https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/28/vindman-testimony-trump-national-security-000305

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