Alexander Vindman admits he made up part of the Trump call summary
In an official summary, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman admits that he had made up elements of President Donald Trump's call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In an article provided by Breitbart, Vindman stated
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 Zelensky and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption.
However, Vindman said that the president has not brought up the topic of rooting out corruption in the phone call. When questioned by the Democrat counsel on the truth of this summary, Vindman hesitated to answer. He answered "That's not entirely accurate, but I'm not sure I would describe it as false, it was consistent with U.S. policy."
Vindman informs the counsel that he had included the rhetoric about corruption as a "messaging platform" to describe the said U.S. policy toward Ukraine. He did this even if this policy was also not discussed in the controversial call.
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This meant that the narrative Vindman provided included falsified information. He also discussed on the topic of corruption in the talking points which were provided to the president prior to the call. This was not included by the president in his phone call with the Ukrainian president.