'There Was No Doubt:' 2 More Transcripts Are Out

Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2019 1:58 PM CST
'There Was No Doubt:' 2 More Transcripts Are Out
Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returns to the Capitol to review transcripts of his testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Two more transcripts are out from the testimony of key figures in the impeachment inquiry, that of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council, and Fiona Hill, who also was with the NSC. Read Vindman's transcript here, and Hill's here. The Washington Post is highlighting a section of Vindman's in which he says "there was no doubt" that Trump wanted Ukraine's president to launch investigations that would benefit the White House, and he referenced Volodymyr Zelensky's wish for a White House invitation. “It was a demand for him to fulfill his—fulfill this particular prerequisite in order to get the meeting,” Vindman said of Trump’s request on the July phone call.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a US citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the US government’s support of Ukraine,” Vindman said, per Politico. As for Hill, NBC News takes note of something she shared not directly related to Trump's dealings with Ukraine. She revealed that she started receiving threats once it became public that she would cooperate with the impeachment investigation. "I received, I just have to tell you, death threats, calls at my home," she said. "My neighbors reported somebody coming and hammering on my door. Now, I'm not easily intimidated, but that made me mad." (Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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