n his opening statement, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman gave a shoutout to his dad, who brought his family to the US from the Soviet Union in 1979.
“Dad, I’m sitting here today in the US Capitol talking to our elected professionals,” he said.
He noted that it is “proof that you made the right decision to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family.”
“Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth. Thank you again for your consideration,” Vindman said.
Vindman’s brother is sitting behind him today
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman talked about his family’s history during his opening statement — and mentioned that one of his brothers is attending the hearing today.
“When my father was 47 years old, he left behind his entire life and the only home he had ever known to start over in the United States so his three sons could have better and safer lives. His courageous decision inspired a deep sense of gratitude in my brothers and myself and instilled in us a sense of duty and service. All three have served or have currently serve management — serving in the military. Our collective military service is a special part of our family’s history.”
He added: “I also recognize that 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 says he was concerned by July 25 call because “what I heard was improper”
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council aide, said he thought President Trump’s July 25 call to the Ukrainian leader was “improper.”
He said he listened to the call in the Situation Room with White House colleagues.
“I was concerned by the call, what I heard was improper, and I reported my concerns to Mr. Eisenberg,” Vindman said.
The decorated service member went on to explain why he thought the call was improper.
“It is improper for the President of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and political opponent. It was also clear that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the 2016 election, the Bidens, and Burisma, it would be interpreted as a partisan play. This would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing bipartisan support, undermine US national security, and advance Russia’s strategic objectives in the region,” Vindman said.