Trump impeachment : Vindman testified on Ukraine call omissions

Alexander Vindman,

Washington, Oct 31: A vote on the resolution — the first House vote on the impeachment inquiry — is set for Thursday. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council official in charge of Ukraine policy told impeachment investigators that at least two portions of the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were omitted from the summary of the conversation released by the White House.

Initially the White House said ellipses in the transcript did not represent omissions from the transcript

Vindman also said he would have added “Burisma,” the name of the company that employed Joe Biden son Hunter Biden and that Trump pushed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, to the transcript, according to CNN’s reporting on Vindman’s testimony.

The New York Times followed CNN’s report by suggesting the changes that Vindman wanted in the July 25 call transcript but were ignored had resulted in the omission of “crucial details.”

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported that Vindman also testified that the White House’s readout of the call had missing words and phrases, and that he was unsuccessful in attempting to restore all the omissions to the rough transcript.

Perry, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was one of the lawmakers who heard 10 hours of explosive testimony “I’m not allowed to divulge what was said in the hearings for — because of a potential ethics violation,” Perry said

Trump and Zelensky’s conversation is the centre point of an impeachment inquiry, as does a whistleblower complaint describing alleged efforts by White House officials to “lock down” records of the call.

Democrats accused Republicans of trying to goad Vindman into revealing the identity of the whistleblower with their questions.
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana called it a “Soviet-style process.” Vindman, who testified Tuesday, and fled the Soviet Union as a 3-year-old, might be able to explain the flaws in that analogy.
What we learned from Vindman
Vindman is the first witness to offer testimony in the inquiry who actually listened to the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has designated Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, the head of the impeachment inquiry.

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