Impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman revealed that he made up parts of President Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his official summary.
Before the call, Vindman included corruption talking points which were provided to President Trump however the President never actually used them during the call.
After the call took place, Vindman wrote a summary which read: «President Trump underscored the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity – within its internationally recognized borders – and expressed his commitment to work together with President-elect Zelensky and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption.»
During his impeachment testimony on Tuesday, Vindman said that even though President Trump did not talk about rooting out corruption, he included it in the summary anyway.
Vindman was asked if the summary he wrote was false.
He nervously replied, «That’s not entirely accurate, but I’m not sure I would describe it as false, it was consistent with U.S. policy.»
Vindman, who is clearly a left-wing operative trying to take down President Trump, is doing more harm to the Democratic party than he is to the President.
During the same hearing, Vindman accidentally destroyed his own case when he admitted that the Ukrainian government felt no pressure from the Trump administration to investigate the Biden family.
The moment came when House Intelligence Committee counsel Daniel Goldman tried to get Vindman to say that Ukraine felt pressure from President Trump to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden. It backfired big time.
«Col. Vindman, you’ve said in your deposition that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the political benefits of the president’s demands. For those of us who are not rocket scientists, can you explain what you meant by that?» Goldman questioned.
Vindman replied, «So my understanding is that it was — the connection to investigating to a political opponent was inappropriate and improper. I made that connection as soon as the president brought up the Biden investigation.»
Goldman followed up: «Col. Vindman, you testified that the president, President Trump’s request for a favor from President Zelensky would be considered as a demand to President Zelensky. After his call, did you ever hear from any Ukrainians, either in the United States or Ukraine about any pressure that they felt to do these investigations that President Trump demanded?»
Not that I can recall,» Vindman replied.
«Did you have any discussions with officials at the embassy here, the Ukrainian embassy here in Washington, DC?» Goldman questioned.
Vindman replied, «Yes, I did.»
«Did you discuss at all the demand for investigations with them?» Goldman asked.
«I did not,» Vindman said.
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