Rudy and the “three amigos” (Volker, Sondland, Perry) seem now more exposed after the building depositions that destroyed GOP process objections. And then there’s Pence who will be revealed to know more, as well as Mulvaney.
NEW: Vindman’s testimony appears to contradict Rick Perry's ardent denials that he ever heard the Bidens discussed as part of pressure on Ukraine…Perry was in the meeting when Vindman raised concerns about targeting the Bidens, we’re told. W/@bjlefebvre:https://t.co/nWH6kxV1ty
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 29, 2019
Testimony from a senior White House official on Tuesday appeared to contradict Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s ardent denials that he ever heard former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter discussed in relation to U.S. requests that Ukraine investigate corruption.
In his opening statement, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official overseeing Ukraine policy, told House impeachment investigators that he objected to EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s comments in a July 10 White House briefing — attended by Perry — requesting that Ukrainian officials investigate the 2016 U.S. election, the Bidens and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma that had employed Hunter Biden.
“I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the [National Security Council] was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman’s statement said.
Vindman said in his remarks that after he raised his objections, Fiona Hill, who was a Trump adviser on Russia at the time, entered the room and told Sondland his statements were inappropriate.
Both the cover-up of the omissions and the nature of the items deliberately removed are incredibly incriminating.
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) October 30, 2019
Vindman testified that the July call transcript omitted references to Burisma and additional mentions of Biden and he tried unsuccessfully to have them restored. https://t.co/3wFEF4bgYF pic.twitter.com/3vpYgsTeqB
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) October 30, 2019
Multiple sources confirmed to @CBSNews that Vindman testified he suggested these changes to the call transcript as part of the editing process. He did not ascribe a motive to their omission.
Sources stressed the essence of the transcript was unchanged. https://t.co/qotCFxLOQH
— Olivia Gazis (@Olivia_Gazis) October 30, 2019
Trump repeatedly said the "rough transcript" was an exact word for word account. He lied. https://t.co/bT5TIqws48
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) October 30, 2019
"The people around the Vice President are increasingly worried because he has his own political ambitions. It's no secret to anyone that he aspires to potentially run some day for President, and this could wind up being a real blemish on him" – @carolelee w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/whkU5L5hLw
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) October 29, 2019
Judiciary Committee lawyers Barry Berke and Norm Eisen (Nadler is behind them) make their way down to the SCIF. Won’t say what for. pic.twitter.com/4VJvJzqMYS
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 29, 2019