There’s no backing away from this now…
In an official summary, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman confirmed that he formulated elements of the call of President Donald Trump to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Before the call, Vindman included a section on corruption in the president’s talk points, but Trump did not use them in the session.
After the call, Vindman wrote:
President Trump underscored the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity – within its internationally recognized borders – and expressed his commitment to work together with President-elect Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption.
In his testimony, however, Vindman explained that the president did not raise the question of rooting out corruption during the phone call, but he still included it in his call description.
Vindman hesitated when asked by the Democrat lawyer whether the summery he wrote was false.
“That’s not entirely accurate, but I’m not sure I would describe it as false, it was consistent with U.S. policy,” Vindman said.
He also said that he included the rhetoric about corruption as a “messaging platform” to describe U.S. policy toward Ukraine, even though it was not discussed on the call.