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Alexander Vindman claims transcript of Trump-Ukraine call omits ‘crucial words’

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Soviet-born Army officer Alexander Vindman claims President Trump’s July 2019 phone call with the Ukrainian president was inappropriate. Who died and made Vindman the arbiter of U.S. foreign policy? (screenshots/C-Span)

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Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified behind closed doors that the transcript the White House released of President Trump’s recent phone call with Ukraine’s president “omitted crucial words and phrases,” according to a New York Times report.

However, Vindman said the transcript overall was accurate.

Vindman is a U.S. Army officer born in Ukraine when it was part of the former Soviet Union. He claims Trump was inappropriate on the phone call. Vindman listened in on the July 2019 call, given his Ukrainian background and knowledge.

Interestingly, Ukrainian officials sought advice from Vindman on how to lobby Trump to push pro-Ukraine policies.

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According to the New York Times, Vindman claims the White House transcript of the call omitted references to Joe Biden and Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that Joe’s son Hunter Biden was on the board of:

“The omissions, Colonel Vindman said, included Mr. Trump’s assertion that there were recordings of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. discussing Ukraine corruption, and an explicit mention by Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, of Burisma Holdings, the energy company whose board employed Mr. Biden’s son Hunter.

Colonel Vindman, who appeared on Capitol Hill wearing his dark blue Army dress uniform and military medals, told House impeachment investigators that he tried to change the reconstructed transcript made by the White House staff to reflect the omissions. But while some of his edits appeared to have been successful, he said, those two corrections were not made.”

It’s unclear who elected Alexander Vindman to substitute his judgment for that of the American president concerning U.S. foreign policy. (Oh yeah, nobody did.)

Of course, no one is able to verify what Vindman really said because the Democrats have been holding cloak-and-dagger questioning of witnesses in their botched efforts to impeach Trump in secret.

President Trump urged Americans to read the call transcript, which he claims proves that he did nothing wrong during his phone call.

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The Democrats are trying to unilaterally impeach Donald Trump in secret because they claim — without evidence — that the president had pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s alleged abuse of power during his eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president.

However, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko — who was on the call — flatly denied the allegation.

Moreover, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has also denied that President Trump had pressured him or made any such demands.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed the impeachment stunt as political theater designed to undermine Trump as we inch closer to the 2020 election.

“This is entirely about politics,” Carlson said yesterday (Oct. 29). “There is no real crime behind the impeachment proceedings. Instead, the president’s chief offense appears to be disagreeing with policies set by the bureaucratic state from Washington. How do we know that? Because they’ve essentially admitted it.”

Carlson continued:  Over the last two weeks, the House has heard testimony from a diplomat called Bill Taylor and an Army Lieutenant Colonel called Alexander Vindman. Both Taylor and Vindman are intense Russia hawks. Both have testified that they want heavy American aid to Ukraine because they want to weaken Russia. Both have emphasized that they don’t want any debate in the U.S. about these policies. They said that out loud.”


(Source: Tucker Carlson Tonight)

Carlson continued:

“In his remarks, Vindman said that he opposed President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine for this reason.

[Vindman said] ‘I realize that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens in Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it is thus far maintained.’

Taylor said something almost identical to that. In other words, Washington may have two parties, but only one position on Ukraine is allowed here, and Trump doesn’t have it.

His phone call was ‘unacceptable’ because it might prevent America from automatically, unthinkingly spending billions of dollars over many years to prop up a country that most Americans could not find on the globe at gunpoint.”

There’s just one problem with this arrangement. Voters disagree. We know this because when he ran three years ago, President Trump didn’t hide how he felt about U.S. foreign policy. He told voters that America was involved in too many pointless wars. He criticized that then-President Obama for not having better relations with Russia.

A Trump Administration, he promised, would pursue better relations with Vladimir Putin. That may sound shocking but in fact it was not an unprecedented idea. Obama ran on something close to this in 2012, and the public supported it then too. He won.

But now, that same idea isn’t simply unpopular in Washington — the ruling class considers it illegal.”

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Samantha Chang

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