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Sarah: These men and women who have came forth to show America how and who is really protecting us are to be honored. Army officer on Trump phone call said it was his ‘duty’ to report president Jon Ward 1 hour 19 minutes ago Reactions Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email Scroll back up to restore default view. The second decorated U.S. military combat veteran to testify in the House impeachment inquiry told Congress Tuesday that he listened to President Trump’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine and immediately knew it was his “duty” to report Trump’s “improper” behavior to White House lawyers. “I knew that I had to report this to the White House counsel. … It was improper for the president to demand an investigation into a political opponent,” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a 44-year old Army officer detailed to the White House for the past 18 months, told the House Intelligence Committee. Vindman came under the most intense criticism from Republicans of any impeachment witness to date. Republicans asked Vindman if the new Ukrainian government had asked him to become minister of defense in the newly formed administration earlier this year. Vindman said it was offered to him three times but that each time he rejected it out of hand. But Republicans used that new piece of information to imply that Vindman’s loyalties were divided between the United States and Ukraine. “I think it would be a great honor … but I’m an American,” Vindman said. “I immediately dismissed these offers, did not entertain them.” But Steve Castor, a Republican lawyer on the committee, asked Vindman if the incident might create at least the perception of a “conflict.” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, also asked questions designed to sow doubts about Vindman’s credibility, noting that his former boss Tim Morrison — who resigned from the National Security Council in October — told the committee in his deposition that he “had concerns about Lt. Col. Vindman's judgment.” “Ever leaked information?” Jordan asked Vindman. “I never did, never would. It is preposterous,” Vindman replied. Vindman also read from his last job evaluation by Fiona Hill, who held Morrison’s job for two years until last July. Hill said Vindman was “brilliant, unflappable and exercises excellent judgment.” Vindman backed up testimony last week by three separate diplomats that Trump was pressuring Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky to publicly announce that his government was investigating former Vice President Joe Biden — a top rival for the presidency — and his son Hunter Biden’s position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. Vindman, a recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the Iraq War by an improvised explosive device, appeared before the committee in his full dress blues. He testified sitting alongside Jennifer Williams, Vice President Mike Pence’s special adviser on European and Russian affairs. Vindman and Williams are two of the three people who are speaking to Congress who were listening in to Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky, as part of the regular White House staff process. The other is Morrison, who was scheduled to testify later Tuesday. Vindman was born in the Soviet Union, and his parents fled the Communist regime when he was 3 years old. He has been a Russia and Eastern Europe expert at the National Security Council since July 2018, after having served in a number of posts, including in the U.S. Embassies in Moscow and Kyiv and at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “I have dedicated my entire professional life to the United States of America,” Vindman said, and he insisted that his decision to report the president’s comments as “improper” was out of a sense of “duty.” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 19. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP) Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Taylor, Kent, Ambassador Y, are all great American heros and i am so proud to know they are out there with so many others doing a job mot including myself would not have the nerve or strength to do, but they are and doing it well, Thank you all so much for all you have given. thank you