Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Alexander Vindman: ‘heroic’ witness who Trump will struggle to dismiss

Alexander Vindman: ‘heroic’ witness who Trump will struggle to dismiss

They include Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, whose direct contacts with Trump are likely to be a main focus in the investigation of whether the president used US aid as leverage to get Zelenskiy to dig up dirt on Biden.

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He also asked Kyiv to investigate Ukraine's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

On Sunday, Trump went on Twitter to announce that he "began phase one of my yearly physical at the wonderful Walter Reed Medical Center" and that "everything [is] very good (great!)".

Earlier, during an unsettling July 10 meeting at the White House, Ambassador Gordon Sondland told visiting Ukraine officials that they would need to "deliver" before next steps, which was a meeting Zelenskiy wanted with Trump, the officer testified.

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On both occasions, Vindman said, he took his concerns about the shifting Ukraine policy to the lead counsel at the NSC, John Eisenberg.

However, some of the witnesses this week, including Lieutenant Colonel Alex Vindman (November 19 at 2:30 p.m.), a member of the National Security Council, are expected to tell congressional investigators that some US officials were telling the Ukrainians that such aid was conditional on such an investigation.

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Still, in an inquiry that is necessarily focused on his words and actions, Trump owes the House his account. But Sondland told Trump was more concerned with the "big stuff that matters to him, like this Biden investigation that Giuliani is pushing". Holmes' testimony provides Democrats with firsthand accounting that brings the push for the investigations closer to the President.

Williams, a longtime State Department official who is detailed to Pence's national security team, said she too had concerns during the phone call, which the aides monitored as is standard practice.

"A significant number of bureaucrats and staff members within the executive branch have never accepted President Trump as legitimate and resent his unorthodox style and his intrusion onto their "turf", Mr. Johnson wrote to House Republicans.

On Saturday, Trump underwent a "routine, planned interim checkup as part of the regular, primary preventative care he receives throughout the year", Dr. Sean Conley said.

McConnell said House Democrats "are seized with 'Trump derangement syndrome,"' a catch-phrase used by the president's supporters.

House Democrats have now released transcripts for 15 of the 17 witnesses who have appeared for closed-door testimony.

Transcripts were released late Monday from interviews with David Holmes, the diplomat who overheard the call, and from David Hale, the State Department's No. 3 official.

"He reminded me how thoroughly corrupt Ukraine was and again conveyed his frustration that Europe doesn't do its fair share of providing military aid", Johnson wrote of his conversation with Trump.

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