On Saturday, former National Security Council (NSC) member and retired Army Lt. Col., Alexander Vindman, posted to Twitter on the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, which ultimately became the center of the House impeachment effort.
“One year since The Call. Much has changed for me and so much more has changed for our country. I rest well knowing I did my duty. #readthetranscript #values #hererightmatters”, Vindman tweeted.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s official tweet:
— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) July 25, 2020
Vindman testified publicly and privately over his concerns regarding the president’s phone call, describing it as “improper.” Vindman was supposed to directly report to former NSC official Dr. Fiona Hill, and then former NSC official Tim Morrison, according to the chain of command. Vindman instead, went to John Eisenberg, National Security Council Legal Advisor and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs, regarding the phone call.
When he was questioned by House Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) in November, Vindman admitted that he gave out information about regarding the highly classified phone call to people “outside of the White House.”
“Yes, I did. My core function is to coordinate U.S. government policy, interagency policy, and I spoke to two individuals with regards to providing some sort of readout of the call,” Vindman revealed. “Two individuals that were cleared U.S. government officials with appropriate need to know.” Continued Below
In October 2019, former Fox News’ Chief Intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, pointed out the law Lt. Col. Vindman may have violated with his post-Ukraine phone call actions.
“One thing that caught my attention is that Vindman said he shared it with people who were relevant and had sort of a ‘need to know’ and ‘proper security clearances,’” Herridge said. “The reason that matters is that presidential phone calls are ‘highly classified’, and if they’re shared with people who don’t have a ‘need to know’, that would be a potential violation of the ‘leaking statute’, which is 18 U.S.C. 798”. (18 U.S.C. 798: Disclosure of classified information)
Vindman was escorted from the White House in February and told to leave his position on the National Security Council following his testimony about the president’s phone call.
Earlier this month, Vindman retired from the Army after serving for more than two decades, with his attorney David Pressman saying, “It has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited”, reported The Hill. Continued Below
Meanwhile, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) also tweeted on the one year “anniversary” of the July 25, 2019 phone call with President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky.
“‘I would like you to do us a favor though.’ It’s been one year since Trump sought re-election help from Ukrainian’s president. And set in motion a process that lead to his impeachment. Since then, Trump begged China’s president to help his campaign. The cancer only grows,” Schiff claimed.
According to the White House memorandum of the July 25 phone call, President Trump said: “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… The server, they say Ukraine has it.”
“I would like you to do us a favor though.”
It’s been one year since Trump sought re-election help from Ukrainian’s president.
And set in motion a process that lead to his impeachment.
Since then, Trump begged China’s president to help his campaign.
The cancer only grows.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 25, 2020
In September 2019, the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing to interview acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire pertaining to the July 25 phone call.
During his opening, Schiff fabricated the call transcript when he claimed, in part, “I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it, on this and on that, I’m going to put you in touch with people.”
Rep. Schiff re-writes the call transcript for added drama: "I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good, I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand, lots of it, on this and on that, I’m going to put you in touch with people" pic.twitter.com/1rV7BpEN6o
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 26, 2019
Further, Schiff and the Democrats are refusing to release the testimony of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, and according to Republicans who were present during Atkinson’s closed-door testimony, the reason the transcript hasn’t been released is because it proves both the whistleblower and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff did not tell the truth about their contact with each other, Town Hall reported. Video Below
“The House managers kept putting up charts talking about the 17 witnesses,” former Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo in January. “But there were 18 … I was there. It’s the one transcript out of 18 that hasn’t been released. It’s a 179-page transcript … It’s the one transcript that talks about Adam Schiff and the whistleblower.
“Now, everyone knows by now that Adam Schiff was not truthful about his contacts with the whistleblower. What they don’t know and what’s in that transcript is that the whistleblower wasn’t truthful about his contacts with Adam Schiff. … And when we found that out and tried to get into the details of that, Adam Schiff, who was in charge of this investigation, shut it down, and now he’s trying to bury that transcript,,” he said.
According to @RepRatcliffe, one of the transcripts is missing. pic.twitter.com/sEE9I12NeA
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 26, 2020