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Alexander Vindman Shocking testimony regarding white house transcript

The National Security Council official in charge of Ukraine policy -- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman -- emerged as another key witness, corroborating Fiona Hill and providing the latest twist in an impeachment inquiry that offers something new every day.

He is the first witness to offer testimony in the inquiry who actually listened to the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

He said he raised a red flag immediately afterward.

Immigrant patriot -- He arrived on Capitol Hill in uniform, with a chest full of medals, including a Purple Heart.

In his opening statement, he told of fleeing the Soviet Union as a child and how that made him an American. He proved it by serving in Iraq. Vindman never complains about it but still carries shrapnel in his body from Iraq IED attack, a source close to him told Jake Tapper.

Note: He said he's never had contact with the President. He also said he is NOT the whistleblower.

Concerns after call -- He did convey his own concerns at the White House about Trump's pressure on Ukraine after the July 25 call.

Told Sondland pressure was inappropriate -- Vindman detailed a confrontation with US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland weeks before Trump's call with Zelensky at which he and Hill told Sondland that pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations was inappropriate.

Contradiction -- Sondland had said in his testimony that he had never heard any such concerns after that meeting.

From CNN's  Zachary B. Wolf



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