Vindman’s twin brother in charge of reviewing NSC publications, but not on team for Bolton book, sources say

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The twin brother of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Democrats’ key witness in the impeachment of President Donald Trump, is reportedly responsible for reviewing all NSC publications.

That responsibility could potentially mean that Army Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman had seen the unpublished manuscript last month by former National Security Adviser John Bolton, a Trump administration source told Breitbart.

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Bolton’s draft manuscript, which was reported on by The New York Times on Sunday, was submitted for prepublication review on Dec. 30, and alleged that Trump told Bolton in August 2019 that he would withhold millions in security assistance to Ukraine until its government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and others.

The president shot back at the allegations, saying he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens” and accused Bolton of simply trying “to sell a book.”

The New York Times cited “multiple people” who “described Mr. Bolton’s account of the Ukraine affair,” though it was unclear if the publication had actually seen the manuscript.

But Yevgeny Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel and a National Security Council ethics lawyer, may have seen Bolton’s manuscript after he submitted it as he is allegedly the individual tasked with reviewing any publications by current and former NSC officials, according to Breitbart.

Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts countered the report on Yevgeny Vindman, however.

Bolton’s attorney blamed a “corrupted” process at the NSC for the leak.

“It is clear, regrettably, from The New York Times article published today that the prepublication review process has been corrupted,” Bolton’s lawyer, Chuck Cooper, said in a statement without confirming or denying the Times‘ report on the manuscript.

Vindman works in the White House in an office next to his brother, Alexander, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council who testified in a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee that he had told his brother about Trump’s July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Yevgeny Vindman was in attendance for his brother’s public testimony at the House impeachment inquiry.

According to Breitbart:

The Wall Street Journal described Vindman as “an NSC lawyer handling ethics issues.” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman described his brother as the “lead ethics official” at the NSC. A U.S. Office of Government Ethics web page, updated on Friday, identifies Yevegeny Vindman as the “Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official” for the NSC.


Twitter users slammed the alleged connection of Vindman to NSC publications and Bolton’s upcoming book in particular.

Frieda Powers


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