Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified before Congress on Friday that he believed there was "no ambiguity" to what President Trump was asking for on his July 25th call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Vindman, an active-duty Army officer currently working on the National Security Council, told lawmakers that, in the call between President Trump and Zelensky, it was "explicit" what Trump was asking for, according to a transcript of his testimony released on Friday
"I mean, there was no ambiguity, I guess, in my mind. He was calling for something, calling for an investigation that didn't exist into the Bidens and Burisma," Vindman said. "My visceral reaction to what was being called for suggested that it was explicit. There was no ambiguity."
Veterans have had a waning presence in American politics for decades, thanks to the draft deferments of the Vietnam era and the move to an all-volunteer military. Just look at the presidency: After World War II, nine consecutive U.S. presidents were veterans. Of our country’s last four commanders-in-chief, only one, George W. Bush — who served a stint in the Texas Air National Guard — had any military experience. But the palpable dearth of veterans in politics may be about to change in a big way. According to reporting by theNew York Times, roughly three-dozen veterans are gearing up to run first-time campaigns for the House of Representatives in the 2018 election.