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Impeachment witness scolds Nunes for calling him mister: ‘Lt. Col. Vindman, please’

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The testimony of National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman grew tense Tuesday under questioning from Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. — as the impeachment hearing witness eventually scolded the top intelligence committee Republican for not addressing him by his military title.

The moment came amid a back-and-forth over the identity of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led to the impeachment proceedings.

“Mr. Vindman, you testified in your deposition that you did not know the whistleblower,” Nunes stated.

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“Ranking member, it’s Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, please,” the witness responded.

Nunes corrected himself and repeated the statement, which followed questions regarding who Vindman had spoken with about Trump’s phone call. More than once, Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., interjected to advise Vindman that the purpose of the hearing was not to expose the identity of the whistleblower, who is afforded legal protection.

Vindman did say he spoke to two individuals regarding a readout of the call, and that both were government employees with a need to know. Nunes asked which agencies they were with, to which Vindman said he spoke to State Department official George Kent, and “an individual in the intelligence community.”

Nunes pressed for which agency in the intelligence community that the individual worked for, which prompted Schiff to intervene.

“If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose that we are here for, and I want to advise the witness accordingly,” Schiff said.

The controversy over this line of questioning is what led Nunes to remind Vindman of his previous testimony in which he said he did not know the whistleblower.

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“I do not know who the whistleblower is, that is correct,” Vindman said.

When asked how these questions could expose the whistleblower if Vindman does not know who they are, Vindman replied, “Per the advice of my counsel I’ve been advised not to answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community.”

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Impeachment Hearings Live Updates: Williams Describes Pence-Zelensky Meeting

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Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a senior aide to Vice President Mike Pence, are scheduled to testify Tuesday morning. Kurt D. Volker, the special envoy to Ukraine, and Timothy Morrison, a senior national security aide, will appear in the afternoon.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Here’s what you need to know:

Jennifer Williams, a national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence, testified that President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine told Vice President Pence in September that continuing to withhold military aid would indicate that United States support for Ukraine was wavering, giving Russia a boost in the ongoing conflict between the two countries.

Ms. Williams said that during a September 1 meeting, Mr. Zelensky told the vice president that the security aid was a symbol of support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and told lawmakers that Ukraine’s president “was stressing that to the vice president to really underscore the need for the security assistance to be released.”

“Any signal or sign that U.S. support was wavering would be construed by Russia as potentially an opportunity for them to strengthen their own hand in Ukraine,” Ms. Williams said, relating what Mr. Zelensky told Mr. Pence.

The vice president underscored the administration’s strong support for Ukraine and told Mr. Zelensky that he would report his concerns to Mr. Trump, Ms. Williams said, adding that she was not certain whether he did so in a conversation Mr. Pence had with the president later that night.

Ukraine’s security aid was not released for another 10 days, after the White House became aware that a whistle-blower had filed a complaint about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

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Jennifer Williams delivering her opening statement on Tuesday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Two senior national security officials at the White House challenged Mr. Trump’s description of his call with the Ukraine president as “perfect,” testifying on Tuesday about how concerned they were as they listened in real time to Mr. Trump appealing for investigations into a political rival.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran and the top Ukraine official at the National Security Council, testified that he was so disturbed by the call that he reported it to the council’s top lawyer.

“What I heard was inappropriate, and I reported my concerns to Mr. Eisenberg,” Colonel Vindman said, referring to John Eisenberg, the top lawyer at the National Security Council. “It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent.”

Anticipating attacks from critics, Colonel Vindman, who appeared for his testimony wearing his dark blue Army dress uniform, said he expressed his concerns “in official channels” through his chain of command, adding that “my intent was to raise these concerns because they had significant national security implications for our country.”

Jennifer Williams, a national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence, said she found the president’s call unusual because it included discussion of a “domestic political matter.”

The pair is kicking off three days of testimony from nine diplomats and national security officials as Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee continue to build their case that Mr. Trump tried to extort Ukraine by withholding security aid until the government agreed to announce investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden.

Representative Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the committee, sought to turn the focus away from Mr. Trump to Mr. Biden, leading the witnesses through a series of questions intended to suggest that the former vice president had intervened in Ukraine’s domestic affairs to benefit his son, Hunter Biden, despite the lack of evidence.

Mr. Biden, as vice president, pressured Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was seen as tolerating corruption in keeping with the policy of the United States, European allies and international financial organizations at the time. But Mr. Nunes suggested that Mr. Biden was acting to benefit his son, who was on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company that had been investigated for corruption.

“Did you know that Joe Biden called Ukrainian President Poroshenko at least three times in February 2016 after the president and owner of Burisma’s home was raided on February 2 by the state prosecutor’s office?” Mr. Nunes asked, referring to Petro O. Poroshenko, then the president.

“Not at the time,” Ms. Williams answered. She added: “I’ve become aware of that through this proceeding.”

Mr. Nunes asked a series of similar questions and then repeated them for Mr. Vindman. Neither witness was working on the issue at the time, so neither could offer information to about it. But Mr. Nunes used the opportunity to introduce his allegations, anyway. He also tried repeatedly to extract information from Colonel Vindman about the identity of the whistle-blower who filed a complaint about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, drawing objections from the colonel’s lawyer.

At one point, things turned testy when Mr. Nunes addressed Colonel Vindman as “Mr. Vindman.”

“Ranking member, it’s Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, please,” he shot back.

Colonel Vindman used his opening statement before impeachment investigators to denounce the attacks leveled by President Trump and his allies against those who have appeared, or are scheduled to testify, in the impeachment inquiry.

“The vile character attacks on these distinguished and honorable public servants is reprehensible,” Colonel Vindman said.

His remarks came after Mr. Trump has lashed out repeatedly against witnesses in the impeachment inquiry, disparaging their records and calling them “Never Trumpers” who are trying to take him down. Amid the threats, the Army has been assessing potential security threats to Colonel Vindman and his brother Yevgeny, who also works at the National Security Council. There have also been discussions about moving the Vindmans and their families on to a military base for their protection, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.

The colonel, who came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 3, referred to his family’s history in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, noting that in Russia, “offering public testimony involving the president would surely cost me my life.”

“Dad, my sitting here today, in the U.S. Capitol talking to our elected officials, is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family,” Colonel Vindman said. “Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth.”

Colonel Vindman was one of the officials who listened in to Mr. Trump’s July 25 phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and privately expressed concerns about it. On Tuesday, he was to testify that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, was among the “disruptive actors” who were “promoting false information that undermined the United States’ Ukraine policy.”

He said the National Security Council and other agencies, including the State Department, “grew increasingly concerned about the impact that such information was having on our country’s ability to achieve our national security objectives.”

Colonel Vindman on Tuesday played down the decision by White House lawyers to put the transcript of Mr. Trump’s July 25 call on a more secure server, saying that “I didn’t take it as anything nefarious” on the part of the officials.

“I think it was intended, but again it was intended to prevent leaks and to limit access,” he said.

He also discounted the importance of two words being left out of the reconstructed transcript of the call. Colonel Vindman has said that President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine used the word “Burisma” in reference to a company that employed Hunter Biden, former vice president’s son.

The word was not included, however, in the reconstructed transcript that was later released by the White House. Colonel Vindman said the transcript also did not include Mr. Trump’s use of the word “recordings,” a reference he said was to video of the former vice president.

But Colonel Vindman called the missing words “administrative errors” that “might be meaningful but it’s not that big of a deal.”

The lawyer for Ms. Williams told lawmakers that she could not answer questions about a Sept. 18 call between Vice President Mike Pence and the president of Ukraine because the White House had determined that it was classified.

In her closed-door deposition, Ms. Williams answered questions about the call, telling lawmakers that the two had a “very positive” discussion and that there was no discussion about investigations that Mr. Trump wanted.

Ms. Williams said on Tuesday that she would be willing to answer questions in a classified setting or in writing to the committee.

Kurt D. Volker, President Trump’s special envoy for Ukraine, will testify Tuesday afternoon that he was out of the loop as Mr. Giuliani effectively sought to pressure Ukraine for investigations of the Bidens. Other witnesses, however, have challenged Mr. Volker’s testimony, describing him as a member of a trio known inside the Trump administration as the “three amigos,” who were running a shadow foreign policy on Ukraine with Rick Perry, the energy secretary, and Gordon D. Sondland, a Trump megadonor and the United States ambassador to the European Union.

Mr. Volker will be joined on the afternoon panel by Timothy Morrison, a longtime Republican congressional aide who has previously testified about a conversation between the president and Mr. Sondland in which Mr. Trump insisted that Ukraine must publicly announce investigations.

But Republicans plan to focus on Mr. Morrison’s assessment of the president’s July 25 call with Mr. Zelensky. Mr. Morrison told lawmakers that he heard nothing illegal as he listened to the call, though he was concerned that it could leak and cause political problems.

  • Mr. Trump repeatedly pressured Mr. Zelensky to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including the former vice president. Here’s a timeline of events since January.

  • A C.I.A. officer who was once detailed to the White House filed a whistle-blower complaint on Mr. Trump’s interactions with Mr. Zelensky. Read the complaint.

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Who Are the Main Characters in the Whistle-Blower’s Complaint?

President Trump’s personal lawyer. The prosecutor general of Ukraine. Joe Biden’s son. These are just some of the names mentioned in the whistle-blower’s complaint. What were their roles? We break it down.

Congressman: “Sir, let me repeat my question: Did you ever speak to the president about this complaint?” Congress is investigating allegations that President Trump pushed a foreign government to dig up dirt on his Democratic rivals. “It’s just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again.” At the heart of an impeachment inquiry is a nine-page whistle-blower complaint that names over two dozen people. Not counting the president himself, these are the people that appear the most: First, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani. According to documents and interviews, Giuliani has been involved in shadowy diplomacy on behalf of the president’s interests. He encouraged Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family’s activities in the country, plus other avenues that could benefit Trump like whether the Ukrainians intentionally helped the Democrats during the 2016 election. It was an agenda he also pushed on TV. “So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden.” “Of course I did!” A person Giuliani worked with, Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine’s former prosecutor general. He pushed for investigations that would also benefit Giuliani and Trump. Lutsenko also discussed conspiracy theories about the Bidens in the U.S. media. But he later walked back his allegations, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. This is where Hunter Biden comes in, the former vice president’s son. He served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company run by this guy, who’s had some issues with the law. While Biden was in office, he along with others, called for the dismissal of Lutsenko’s predecessor, a prosecutor named Viktor Shokin, whose office was overseeing investigations into the company that Hunter Biden was involved with. Shokin was later voted out by the Ukrainian government. Lutsenko replaced him, but was widely criticized for corruption himself. When a new president took office in May, Volodymyr Zelensky, Zelensky said that he’d replace Lutsenko. Giuliani and Trump? Not happy. They viewed Lutsenko as their ally. During a July 25 call between Trump and the new Ukrainian president, Trump defended him, saying, “I heard you had a prosecutor who is very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair.” In that phone call, Trump also allegedly asked his counterpart to continue the investigation into Joe Biden, who is his main rival in the 2020 election. Zelensky has publicly denied feeling pressured by Trump. “In other words, no pressure.” And then finally, Attorney General William Barr, who also came up in the July 25 call. In the reconstructed transcript, Trump repeatedly suggested that Zelensky’s administration could work with Barr and Giuliani to investigate the Bidens and other matters of political interest to Trump. Since the whistle-blower complaint was made public, Democrats have criticized Barr for dismissing allegations that Trump had violated campaign finance laws during his call with Zelensky and not passing along the complaint to Congress. House Democrats have now subpoenaed several people mentioned in the complaint, as an impeachment inquiry into the president’s conduct continues.

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President Trump’s personal lawyer. The prosecutor general of Ukraine. Joe Biden’s son. These are just some of the names mentioned in the whistle-blower’s complaint. What were their roles? We break it down.CreditCredit…Illustration by The New York Times

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Discussion Thread: Day Three of House Public Impeachment Hearings – Morning Session – 11/19/2019 | LTC Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams – Part II

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This morning the House Intelligence Committee will hold their third round of public hearings in preparation for possible Impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Testifying today are Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, top Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a foreign service aide detailed to Vice President Pence’s office. Both are first hand witnesses who listened in on the July 25 call between President Trump and President Zelenskiy.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00am EST. You can watch live online on CSPAN or PBS. Most major networks will also air live coverage.

You can listen online via C-Span or download the C-Span Radio App


Today’s hearing is expected to follow the format for Impeachment Hearings as laid out in H.R. 660

  • Opening statements by Chairman Adam Schiff, Ranking Member Devin Nunes, LTC Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, followed by:

  • Two continuous 45 minutes sessions of questioning, largely led by staff counsel, followed by:

  • Committee Members each allowed 5 minutes of time for questions and statements, alternating from Dem to Rep, followed by:

  • Closing statements by Ranking Member Devin Nunes and Chairman Adam Schiff


Day One archives – William Taylor and George Kent:

Day Two archives – Marie Yovanovitch:


Upcoming Hearings

  • Tuesday, 11/19/2019, 2:30pm EST – Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison

  • Wednesday, 11/20/2019, 9:00am EST – Gordon Sondland

  • Wednesday, 11/20/2019, 2:30pm EST – Laura Cooper and David Hale

  • Thursday, 11/21/2019, 9:00am EST – Fiona Hill and David Holmes


Discussion Thread Part I

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Alexander Vindman Sends His Dad A Message During Impeachment Inquiry Testimony

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Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert for the National Security Council, told his father not to worry and that he would “be fine” as he delivered his opening remarks before Congress during the impeachment inquiry hearing Tuesday.

Vindman, appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, said his father was 47 years old when he “left behind his entire life and the only home he had ever known to start over in the United States so that his three sons could have better, safer lives. ”

“Dad, my sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol talking to our elected professionals … is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to United States of America in search of a better life for our family,” Vindman said.

“Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth,” he added.

Vindman privately testified last month that he heard in real time President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the subject of a subsequent whistleblower complaint and focal point of the House’s impeachment inquiry.

He said he twice reported it internally to the NSC’s lead counsel John Eisenberg because he felt it was his duty to share his concerns about Trump using U.S. military aid as leverage in his efforts to get Ukraine to commit to investigating political rival Joe Biden.

On Tuesday, Vindman said that he is grateful for his father’s decision to leave the Soviet Union and forthe privilege of being an American, where can live “free of fear for mine and my family’s safety.”

“In Russia, my act of expressing my concerns to the chain of command in an official and private channel would have severe personal and professional repercussions and offering public testimony involving the president would surely cost me my life,” he said.

Vindman noted that his family is present during the hearing Tuesday, including his “little brother.” His twin brother Yevgeny is an ethics lawyer for the NSC.

“[My father’s] courageous decision inspired a deep sense of gratitude in my brothers and myself and instilled in us a sense of duty and service,” Vindman said. “All three of us have served or are currently serving in the military. Our collective military service is a special part of our family’s story in America.”

Jennifer Williams, a top foreign policy adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, testified alongside Vindman on Tuesday. She testified behind closed doors earlier this month that Trump’s call with Zelensky struck her as “unusual and inappropriate.”

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Salvation Army ‘saddened’ by Chick-fil-A’s decision to end donations

The Salvation Army has responded to Chick-fil-A’s announcement Monday that the fast-food chain’s charitable arm will not be donating to the faith-based organization in 2020, despite providing donations to the organization for several years.

In a statement, The Salvation Army said it was “saddened” by the news.

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“We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations — areas in which The Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed,” part of the statement read.

“We urge the public to seek the truth before rushing to ill-informed judgment and greatly appreciate those partners and donors who ensure that anyone who needs our help feels safe and comfortable to come through our doors.”

— The Salvation Army

The Christian organization — and Chick-fil-A itself — have been criticized for their stances toward same-sex marriage, and other issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, with many accusing the brands of being anti-LFBTQ+. However, the Salvation Army has defended its practices as helping all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation.

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“We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population.

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Chick-fil-A made the announcement Monday that it would no longer be providing donations to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes after a multiyear partnership deal had ended. (iStock)

“We urge the public to seek the truth before rushing to ill-informed judgment and greatly appreciate those partners and donors who ensure that anyone who needs our help feels safe and comfortable to come through our doors,” the statement read.

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According to The Salvation Army website, which has a page dedicated to the services it provides the LGBTQ+ community, the charity “embrace[s] people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity” and offers the same benefits to hetero and homosexual couples that work for the company.

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The Christian organization has been largely criticized for its stance on the LGBTQ+ community and same sex marriage in the past. (iStock)

Chick-fil-A announced Monday that it would no longer be providing donations to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes after a multiyear partnership deal had ended. The fast-food chain shared that it would instead be focusing on initiatives that further its “mission of nourishing the potential in every child” in 2020. The chain also named three specific organizations – the Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International, and various food banks – that it would be setting aside money for in the coming year.

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Chick-fil-A will continue to donate to both “faith-based and non-faith-based charities” in the future.

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Trump’s Push For Investigations Was An ‘Order,’ National Security Official Testifies

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National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s ask of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into the 2016 election and former vice president Joe Biden was not a “request,” but an “order.”

There was a “power disparity between the two leaders,” Vindman said, due to Ukraine’s reliance on the United States for military and other aid.

“When a senior asks you to do something even when it’s polite and pleasant it’s not to be taken as a request, it’s to be taken as an order,” Vindman told the House Intelligence Committee as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump.

After discussing the possibility of Zelensky visiting the White House In the July 25 call between the two leaders ― something Zelensky badly wanted in order to boost his domestic standing ― Trump asked Zelensky to “do us a favor though.” He said Zelensky should announce investigations into a disproven conspiracy theory that Ukraine was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee and into former vice president Joe Biden, a potential 2020 Trump opponent.

“My impression was, in order to get the White House meeting, President Zelensky would have to agree to open these investigations,” Vindman said.

After the call concluded, “without hesitation, I knew I had to report this to the White House counsel,” Vindman said.

“It was improper for the president to demand an investigation into a political opponent, especially a foreign power where there’s at best dubious belief that this would be a completely impartial investigation, and that this would have significant implications if this became public knowledge … it would undermine our Ukraine policy and it would undermine our national security,” Vindman said.

At the time, Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials were not aware that U.S. military aid had been frozen on Trump’s order and would be used as pressure to force Zelensky to announce these investigations. The Ukrainians would learn about this in early August, according to The New York Times.

Zelensky and his advisers believed they needed to announce these investigations to obtain the White House meeting and the release of the military aid. He planned on announcing the investigations in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in September. 

The reporting of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s efforts to extort him to the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 9, however, interrupted the whole plan. The White House freed the military aid two days later. And Zelensky did not announce the investigations.

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Alexander Vindman Sends His Dad A Message In Opening Remarks

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Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert for the National Security Council, told his father not to worry and that he would “be fine” as he delivered his opening remarks before Congress during the impeachment inquiry hearing Tuesday.

Vindman, appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, said his father was 47 years old when he “left behind his entire life and the only home he had ever known to start over in the United States so that his three sons could have better, safer lives. ”

“Dad, my sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol talking to our elected professionals … is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family,” Vindman said.

“Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth,” he added.

Vindman privately testified last month that he heard in real time President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the subject of a subsequent whistleblower complaint and focal point of the House’s impeachment inquiry.

He said he twice reported it internally to the NSC’s lead counsel John Eisenberg because he felt it was his duty to share his concerns about Trump using U.S. military aid as leverage in his efforts to get Ukraine to commit to investigating political rival Joe Biden.

On Tuesday, Vindman said that he is grateful for his father’s decision to leave the Soviet Union and for the privilege of being an American, where he can live “free of fear for mine and my family’s safety.”

“In Russia, my act of expressing my concerns to the chain of command in an official and private channel would have severe personal and professional repercussions and offering public testimony involving the president would surely cost me my life,” he said.

Vindman noted that his family is present during the hearing Tuesday, including his “little brother.” His twin brother Yevgeny is an ethics lawyer for the NSC.

“[My father’s] courageous decision inspired a deep sense of gratitude in my brothers and myself and instilled in us a sense of duty and service,” Vindman said. “All three of us have served or are currently serving in the military. Our collective military service is a special part of our family’s story in America.”

Jennifer Williams, a top foreign policy adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, testified alongside Vindman on Tuesday. She testified behind closed doors earlier this month that Trump’s call with Zelensky struck her as “unusual and inappropriate.”

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Trump’s Push For Investigations Was An ‘Order,’ National Security Official Testifies

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National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s ask of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into the 2016 election and former vice president Joe Biden was not a “request,” but an “order.”

There was a “power disparity between the two leaders,” Vindman said, due to Ukraine’s reliance on the United States for military and other aid.

“When a senior asks you to do something even when it’s polite and pleasant it’s not to be taken as a request, it’s to be taken as an order,” Vindman told the House Intelligence Committee as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump.

After discussing the possibility of Zelensky visiting the White House In the July 25 call between the two leaders ― something Zelensky badly wanted in order to boost his domestic standing ― Trump asked Zelensky to “do us a favor though.” He said Zelensky should announce investigations into a disproven conspiracy theory that Ukraine was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee and into former vice president Joe Biden, a potential 2020 Trump opponent.

“My impression was, in order to get the White House meeting, President Zelensky would have to agree to open these investigations,” Vindman said.

After the call concluded, “without hesitation, I knew I had to report this to the White House counsel,” Vindman said.

“It was improper for the president to demand an investigation into a political opponent, especially a foreign power where there’s at best dubious belief that this would be a completely impartial investigation, and that this would have significant implications if this became public knowledge … it would undermine our Ukraine policy and it would undermine our national security,” Vindman said.

At the time, Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials were not aware that U.S. military aid had been frozen on Trump’s order and would be used as pressure to force Zelensky to announce these investigations. The Ukrainians would learn about this in early August, according to The New York Times.

Zelensky and his advisers believed they needed to announce these investigations to obtain the White House meeting and the release of the military aid. He planned on announcing the investigations in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in September. 

The reporting of the whistleblower complaint about Trump’s efforts to extort him to the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 9, however, interrupted the whole plan. The White House freed the military aid two days later. And Zelensky did not announce the investigations.

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FBI investigating possibility of ‘criminal enterprise’ in Jeffrey Epstein death, prisons chief admits

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FBI investigators probing the death of Jeffrey Epstein are looking into whether a “criminal enterprise” may have played a role, the Bureau of Prisons’ director revealed Tuesday during testimony on Capitol Hill.

Kathleen Hawk Sawyer made the admission during a line of questioning involving Sen. Lindsay Graham.

“With a case this high profile there has got to be either a major malfunction of the system or criminal enterprise at foot to allow this to happen. So are you looking at both, is the FBI looking at both?” the South Carolina Republican senator asked.

“The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes,” Hawk responded.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Queen Elizabeth is having ‘a rough time’ after Prince Andrew’s Jeffrey Epstein interview, royal expert claims

Queen Elizabeth II will be confronting her son Prince Andrew about what really happened with Jeffrey Epstein, one of her former advisers is claiming.

Dickie Arbiter, the monarch’s former press spokesman who worked for the 93-year-old during Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s turbulent marriage, told UK’s “This Morning” on Tuesday the pair will be having private conversations addressing the scandal.

“We’ve got to look at the queen as two people,” explained the 79-year-old, as reported by The Daily Mail. “She’s queen, head of state, but she’s also a mother. And she will be looking at her son, and will be asking, ‘Did this really happen?’ in a private conversation. She has to put on a brave face in public.”

“She has to be collegiate in public, but in private, she will really want to know, ‘Andrew, what is going on?’” he added. “And I don’t think she’s getting the answers.”

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Queen Elizabeth II (center) with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (left) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

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Arbiter also believes the matriarch has had “a rough time” lately addressing the media scrutiny surrounding Andrew, who is eighth in line to the throne.

According to the outlet, Arbiter’s statement comes as lawyers for Epstein urged Andrew, 59, to tell American authorities what he knows, following his shocking BBC interview. The royal is also facing the possibility that the charities he is associated with will want to distance themselves from him.

“It is a serious issue,” said Arbiter. “He was friends with a convicted pedophile. He went over there, as he said, he was doing the honorable thing to break off a friendship. Well, if you know somebody who is a convicted pedophile, you would keep within a million miles. He claimed he didn’t know what was doing on.

“He also claimed that Epstein’s house was a bit like a railway station. Well, if it’s a bit like a railway station and you see all these underage ladies walking through, aren’t you going to ask questions, aren’t you going to wonder why they are all there?”

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Prince Andrew (right) is dealing with harsh backlash from critics and media personalities over an interview about his relationship with now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the numerous sexual assault allegations against the British royal. (Getty)

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Arbiter believes the best thing Andrew can do is take a break from his royal duties as the investigation continues.

“In private life, you send them on gardening leave, and I think with Prince Andrew, it’s a sabbatical, and until this is resolved, he really does need to step back.”

Earlier this week, Arbiter told The Mail Andrew should avoid speaking to the press any further after his “disastrous” television interview.

“It was a rotten idea,” he said. “If it was done as a means of crisis management, then all they have done is manage to create a new crisis. He needs to take a sabbatical. If you look back earlier in the year there was an engagement in Northern Ireland and they canceled it [because of the scandal]. What charity wants a VIP guest with this hanging over him?”

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“He is going to turn 60 in February and is wanting to walk his daughter [Princess Beatrice] down the aisle next year,” Arbiter continued. “With this hanging over you, it’s going to detract. He needs to take time out … He may argue that he has done nothing wrong, so why should he? But he is tainted by association … He’s traveled to [Jeffrey Epstein’s] homes, his islands, he’s lived in his house. He went over there after Jeffrey Epstein had been released.”

Arbiter also shared Andrew will have a difficult time proving to the world he was not aware of Epstein’s dark secrets.

“This will not cut ice with anyone,” said Arbiter. “People believe he is upset because he was caught out, not because he realized it was the wrong thing to have done. He appears to have a case of selective amnesia. He has no recollection of meeting [Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre] but has a vivid recollection of having gone to Pizza Express in Woking.”

Andrew was interviewed by BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis on Thursday at Buckingham Palace for a tell-all about his involvement with Epstein. Many in the media were quick to deride Prince Andrew for not only defending his friendship with Epstein but for failing to show empathy for the convicted sex offender’s victims.

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Epstein was found dead on Aug. 10 at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell.

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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