NSC’s Ukraine Expert Vindman Troubled By Trump’s Perfect Phone Call
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is about to become a household name. The Purple Heart war veteran in his role as top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council sat in on the infamous “Perfect Phone Call” President Donald Trump claims he had with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zenlensky during their July 25 conversation.
While Trump maintains he and Zenlensky engaged in a simple phone call between heads of state, Vindman is expected to testify before Congress today that he was so troubled by the call that he reported his concerns to the lead counsel at the National Security Council.
According to The New York Times, Vindman’s opening statement today before a congressional committee looking into whether impeachment charges will issue against President Trump will contradict Trump’s impression of his July 25 phone call with Zenlensky.
“I was concerned by the call. I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” the Times expects Vindman to tell congress in his opening statement.
Vindman’s testimony will be the first from a person who overheard the conversation between the two world leaders, which is quickly becoming the gaverman of congress’s case for the impeachment of the President.
His opening statement is expected to reveal Vindman expressed his concerns within the agency because of his: “decades of experience and training, sense of duty, and obligation to operate within the chain of command.”
Vindman’s opening statement sets forth his patriotic bona fides, “I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend OUR country, irrespective of party or politics,” his statement reads.
When weighing the evidence for impeachment on the Ukraine phone call, the congress will have to contrast the words of a Purple Heart recipient over the words of a President who received a military service deferment during wartime because of dubious bone spurs in his foot.
Harold Michael Harvey is the author of Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. He is a Past President of the Gate City Bar Association. He is the recipient of Gate City’s R. E. Thomas Civil Rights Award, which he received for his pro bono representation of Black college students arrested during Freaknik celebrations in the mid to late 1990s. An avid public speaker, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.