- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindmansent an emotional message to his father toward the end of his opening statement in Tuesday’simpeachment hearings.
- Vindman applauded his father for deciding to flee the Soviet Union and bring the family to the US in the 1970 s.
- “Dad, I’m sitting here today in the US Capitol talking to our elected professionals is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union, “he said.
- Vindman added:” Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth. “
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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindmanconcluded his opening statement inthe third day of public hearings in the impeachment inquirywith an emotional message to his father celebrating the rights and freedoms enjoyed by US citizens.
Vindman came to the US as a child from Ukraine when it was still part of the Soviet Union. In his testimony on Tuesday, the Army lieutenant colonel and National Security Council official applauded his father for deciding to flee Ukraine in the late 1970 s and settle the family in the US.
“Dad, I’m sitting here today in the US 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.”
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At another point, Vindman reflected on the fact that he would not be able to speak so freely in many countries.
“My simple act of appearing here today, just like the courage of my colleagues who have also truthfully testified before this committee, would not be tolerated in many places around the world,” Vindman said, adding that in Russia, “offering public testimony involving the president would surely cost me my life.”
Vindman, the top expert on Ukraine on the NSC, was on the July 25 call between US PresidentDonald Trumpand Ukrainian PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskythat sparked a whistleblower complaint and spiraled into the impeachment inquiry. In the call, Trump urged Zelensky to launch investigations into former Vice PresidentJoe Bidenand his son Hunter and into a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 US presidential election
During Tuesday’s hearing, Vindman described the Julycall as “inappropriate” and said what he heard “had significant national security implications for our country.”
“It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent, “Vindman said.
Vindman , a decorated Iraq War veteran,has been attacked by the president and his alliesfor participating in the impeachment inquiry. Trump hassought to publicly malign multiple witnessesin the inquiry, something Vindman alluded to in scathing terms
“The character attacks on these distinguished and honorable public servants is reprehensible,” Vindman said.
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