During testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon, it was revealed Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman was asked by the Ukrainian government to serve as defense minister for the country...three times. The requests came during a visit to the country earlier this year. Vindman says each time he dismissed the offer.
Lt. Col Vindman says that Ukraine repeatedly offered him to be the Minister of Defense for Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/NBr1Z0nPNU— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2019
Why would Ukraine offer the post of defense minister to an U.S. gov’t official working in their region? What does that reveal, if anything, about how Ukraine perceived him?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 19, 2019
Question: How often do American military officers get offered Defense Minister positions in foreign countries like Vindman says he was offered three times by Ukraine?— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 19, 2019
Vindman is a staff member of the National Security Council and was on the July 25, 2019 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He then spoke about that call to the whistleblower who filed a complaint with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, setting off the impeachment inquiry.
Yet again, Chairman Adam Schiff blocks questions from Republicans, refusing to allow @Jim_Jordan to inquire about one of the two individuals Vindman read out about the July 25 call.— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 19, 2019
If Schiff doesn't know who the "whistleblower" is, why is he objecting to this question? pic.twitter.com/J7E6wBRI8l