Vet­eran raises alarm over Trump

Mercury (Hobart) - - TALKING POINT -

AN Army of­fi­cer serv­ing with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has tes­ti­fied to im­peach­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he twice raised con­cerns over a push to have Ukraine in­ves­ti­gate Democrats and Joe Bi­den.

Alexander Vind­man, a lieu­tenant colonel who served in Iraq, is the first of­fi­cial to tes­tify who ac­tu­ally heard Mr Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­skiy.

Mr Vind­man also told in­ves­ti­ga­tors dur­ing a more than 10-hour tes­ti­mony on Tues­day that he tried un­suc­cess­fully to change the White House’s rough tran­script of the call by fill­ing in at least one of the omit­ted words – “Burisma” – a ref­er­ence to the com­pany linked to Mr Bi­den and his son.

“I was concerned by the call,” he said.

Mr Trump took to Twit­ter on Tues­day to de­nounce the probe as a “sham”.

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