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Christopher Anderson, an aide to former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, testified that the White House cancelled a Navy freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the Black Sea after President Donald Trump complained to then-national security advisor John Bolton about a CNN report that framed the operation as a counter to Russia, Politico reports.
Here's the military record of Lt. Col. Vindman, the soldier testifying at Trump's impeachment inquiry
The soldier who testified on Tuesday for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is a combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient who has served in the Army for more than 20 years, according to his Army service record, which was provided to Task & Purpose.
Lt. Col Alexander Vindman, a current National Security Council staffer who was subpoenaed to testify on Capitol Hill about what he heard on Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, joined the Army in January 1999 as an infantry officer, according to Army records.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army officer who works at the White House National Security Council said he listened in on the call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president and was so disturbed by the content that he reported his concerns to the NSC's legal counsel.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman said in a statement prepared for the House impeachment inquiry that the call was just one of the instances he witnessed in which Trump administration officials repeatedly conditioned aid to Ukraine on that country agreeing to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
His statement corroborates the complaint made by a whistle-blower in the intelligence community, whom Trump has repeatedly sought to discredit and dismiss. Vindman's testimony is scheduled to be delivered Tuesday to the three House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of Trump and provides a key piece of evidence from someone with first-hand knowledge of the events being investigated.
He got what he asked for.
President Trump — who recently urged Republicans to "get tougher" on the impeachment inquiry — praised a group of GOP rebels Thursday for disrupting the probe by storming into a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill and camping out there for a few hours.
"Thank you to House Republicans for being tough, smart, and understanding in detail the greatest Witch Hunt in American History," the president posted. "It has been going on since long before I even got Elected (the Insurance Policy!). A total Scam!"
Psych! The Pentagon is actually 'unable to comply' with House Democrats' impeachment inquiry 'at this time'
On Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated that the Pentagon would comply with House Democrats' subpoena in their nascent impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
The next day, the Pentagon added an important addendum to Esper's promise: Psych!