Like several of those testifying at the impeachment hearings against Trump, Vindman’s allegiance to Ukraine was clear. During the preliminary televised hearings, Vindman claimed that in the spring of 2019 he became aware of what he called “outside influencers” promoting what he called a false narrative of Ukraine inconsistent with what he believed were “the consensus views of the interagency.” He stated that he believed that what he called a “false” narrative which suggested that Ukrainian government officials attempted to derail Trump’s candidacy in 2016 was “harmful to U.S. government policy… and undermined U.S. government efforts to expand cooperation with Ukraine…”
This ignored the fact that even Politico reported in January 2017 that Ukrainian officials tried to undermine Trump in the 2016 election by publicly disseminating documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggesting that they were investigating the matter. It was hardly the “false narrative” that Vindman tried to claim. Politico also reported that Ukraine helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisors.
Identifying yet another Ukrainian-American, Alexandra Chalupa, as an opposition researcher hired to find damaging information on Trump, Politico reported that Chalupa was working on Hillary Clinton’s behalf in the 2016 election. Chalupa had worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison during the Clinton administration. Later, she worked as a consultant for the Democratic National Committee where she earned $412,000, according to Federal Election Commission records. A daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, Chalupa helped to bring Paul Manafort down.
In interviews with Politico reporters, Chalupa claimed that she developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington including investigative journalists, government officials in the NSC, and private intelligence operatives — sharing her findings with officials from the DNC and Clinton’s campaign. She was a frequent visitor for meetings and events at the White House as a guest of alleged whistleblower and Eric Ciaramella, another former NSC staffer. She also visited the White House with Ukrainian lobbyists seeking aid from Obama. Chalupa also admitted that the Ukrainian embassy worked directly with reporters digging for Trump Russia ties.