This file photo shows the U.S. Capitol on October 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C. SAMUEL CORUM/GETTY IMAGES/GETTY
Vindman’s testimony has dragged White House lawyer John Eisenberg—the administration’s legal adviser on national security issues—deeper into the mire.
Eisenberg, 52, has served as deputy White House counsel for national security issues since Trump came into office. Before this, he worked in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department and in the Washington, D.C. office of the Kirkland & Ellis law firm.
The firm’s alumni include prominent conservative legal minds including Attorney General Bill Barr, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.
The Washington Post explained that Eisenberg seems to have made the decision to move the transcript of the Trump-Zelenskiy call onto a highly restrictive server, prompting concerns that the White House tried to hide incriminating evidence of Trump’s abuse of power.
Citing former administration national security officials, the Post reported that Eisenberg did the same with at least the records of at least one other Trump phone call.
Three weeks before, Vindman and White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill had complained to Eisenberg about a July 10 meeting in Washington in which European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland had pressured two Ukrainian officials to investigate corruption allegations against Trump’s rivals—including Biden and his son Hunter.
The Post noted it is not clear if Eisenberg took any action regarding that meeting.