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USA: WH aides express concern about 'improper' Trump's Ukraine call

0 20.11.2019 Инфо

M/S National Security Council Staffer, Alexander Vindman arriving, Washington DC
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M/S US Vice President Mike Pence's aide, Jennifer Williams
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SOT, Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee Chairman: "Mr Zelenskiy thanks Trump for his support in the area of defence, and says that Ukraine was ready to purchase more Javelins, an antitank weapon that was among the most important deterrents for the Russian military action. Trump's immediate response: "I would like you to do us a favour, though." Trump then requested that Zelenskiy investigate the discredited 2016 conspiracy theory, and even more ominously, look into the Bidens. Neither was part of the official preparatory material for the call, but they were in Donald Trump's personal interest, and in the interests of his 2020 re-election campaign."
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SOT, Devin Nunes, Ranking Member: "They were unable to identify any crime or impeachable offense the President committed. But what you read in the press were accounts of shocking, damning, and explosive testimony that fully supports the Democrats' accusations. If these accounts have a familiar ring, it's because this is the same preposterous reporting the media offered for three years on the Russia hoax. On a near-daily basis, the top news outlets in America reported breathlessly on the newest bombshell revelations showing that President Trump and everyone surrounding him were Russian agents."
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SOT, Jennifer Williams, Aide to US Vice President Mike Pence: " I thought that the references to specific individual investigations such as former Vice President Biden and his son struck me as political in nature, given that the former Vice President is a political opponent of the president."
Impeachment investigator: "So you thought that it would potentially be designed to assist President Trump's reelection efforts?"
Jennifer Williams, Aide to US Vice President Mike Pence: "I can't speak for what the President's motivation was in referencing it but I understood that the reference to Biden sounded political to me."
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SOT, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council Staffer: "So my understanding is that it was the connection to investigate a political opponent was inappropriate and improper. I made that connection as soon as the President brought up the Biden investigation."
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SOT, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council Staffer: "My understanding is that this was viewed as a sensitive transcript and to avoid leaks and, if I recall the term properly, it was something along the lines of 'preserve the integrity' of the transcript, it should be segregated to a small group of folks."
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SCRIPT
White House officials testified in the third day of impeachment hearings, expressing their concerns about the phone call US President Donald Trump had with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in Washington DC on Tuesday.
Director for European Affairs for the US National Security Council, lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman said: "it was the connection to investigate a political opponent was inappropriate and improper. I made that connection as soon as the President brought up the Biden investigation."
Jennifer Williams, aide to US Vice President Mike Pence, added: "the references to specific individual investigations such as former Vice President Biden and his son struck me as political in nature, given that the former Vice President is a political opponent of the president."
Trump is alleged to have asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to find damaging information on the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, during the call. Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company between 2014 and 2019.