House Dems Release ‘Schiff-Coached’ Vindman Transcript

November 9, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

House Democrats on Friday released transcripts of closed-door depositions given by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill, capping off a week of releases of private testimony from various players involved in the controversy.

Vindman, a Ukraine specialist on the National Security Counsel who was accused of being coached by House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), was present on a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky, when the US president asked that Ukraine investigate former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as claims of pro-Clinton meddling in the 2016 US election.

He was notably counseling Ukraine on how to counter President Trump’s foreign policy according to the New York Times, which led some to go as far as accuse him of being a double agent.

Vindman claimed in his closed-door deposition that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney “coordinated” a plan that would make the Biden investigation prerequisite to any White House meeting between Zelensky and Trump. Via Axios:

“[EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland] just said that he had had a conversation with Mr. Mulvaney, and this is what was required in order to get a meeting. … So he was talking about the 2016 elections and an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma.”

“It became crystal clear when [Office of Management and Budget staffers reported that the hold [on military aid to Ukraine] came from the Chief of Staff’s Office. … Eventually it became the — what I was told is to ensure that the assistance aligned with administration priorities.”

At one point, Vindman – who at one point said he tried to correct the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call, also said “the transcript is accurate.”

Schiff also tried to coax Vindman into saying that President Trump’s request that Ukraine do him a “favor” and investigate Crowdstrike was cause for alarm – however Vindman essentially said that was no big deal, and the investigation into Biden is what triggered him.

Also released was testimony from former Russia adviser Fiona Hill, who testified that reporting on the July 25 phone call was “kind of [her] worst fears and nightmares,” as it had the appearance of a quid pro quo.

Following Vindman’s testimony, Rep. Nunes said of Schiff allegedly ‘coaching’ the witness: “I have never in my life seen anything like what happened today,” adding “It was unprecedented … I mean, they’ve been bad at most of these depositions, but to interrupt us continually to coach the witness, to decide… what we’re going to be able to ask the witness.”

via zerohedge

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  1. Carolyn Hammell

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    November 9, 2019 @ 3:15 pm

    Is there any way the GOP can question this witness? He would be sworn in and pledged to tell the truth. Also told what would happen if he did lie under oath.

  2. Frank Mayo

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    November 9, 2019 @ 3:23 pm

    Schiff is a big bag of Schiff. He stinks to high hell. Why do we allow a creep like this to be a Chairman of anything?

  3. LEE GROSSMAN

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    November 9, 2019 @ 3:24 pm

    Which is worse, translating the President’s comments or slanting someone’s testimony by asking questions that support your point of view. When you are the chairperson and are in the majority, I guess it gives you the right. America, aren’t you proud that we have born so many attorneys. I have always thought that to be a successful lawyer, you had to be your best if you could subvert the law. This should be a professional sport. We pay dearly to have the lawyers joist with each other. Schiff has proven to be a lowlife and liar. He is bold because he believes himself.

  4. Eugene Klosinski

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    November 9, 2019 @ 3:33 pm

    Vindman is “no angel. I wouldn’t believe him as far as I could spit!

  5. Jim

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    November 9, 2019 @ 3:51 pm

    The demoncrats Pelosi, schiff and the rest of the scumbag corrupt socialist commies all need to be prosecuted for treason, they belong in prison.

    • Helen

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      November 9, 2019 @ 4:43 pm

      Adam Schiff is a double dealing lier who and most of the Democrats would and will do anything to stop President Trump from being President again. They tried to stop him the first time and failed and will fail again. I have followed this closely and see nothing that hasn’t been done by other Presidents with no repercussions. Its only the Dems against the swamp cleaner. They have always been afraid of Trump spilling the beans on thier underhanded deals

  6. Rich Tucci

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    November 9, 2019 @ 4:36 pm

    I’m wondering if Schiff helped Christine B. Ford with her “acting lessons” and script reading. Whoever did really sucks at it!

  7. Maria Cristina

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    November 9, 2019 @ 4:55 pm

    Seems corrupted Schiff has more Power that President Trump and his supporters in the White House. “There is Absolutely Nothing to be believe coming from Treasonous, Fraudulent Schiff” How many millions is Vidman being paid by Schiff, Pelosi, Schumer, Obama-Clinton Mafia (from taxpayers $) to give false testimonies, HIS comments were definitely rehearsal, and prefabricated. Who allowed him to listen to the President phone call?? He is another one that must be investigated NOW.(unless he is already being)
    Why is Schiff still the Intel Committee Chairman?? stealing our money as salary for a job he is not doing??? and use it to create the downfall of the U.S.A. (HOPE HIS DOWNFALL WILL BE BEHIND BARS, SOONER THAN LATER)
    **** COME ON ALL PRESIDENT TRUMP SUPPORTERS IN THE GOVERNMENT, SHOW ALL YOUR POWER****

  8. GuY! Dale Hammond

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    November 9, 2019 @ 5:18 pm

    Schiff and his traitorous ILK are wanting to remake America into their CORRUPT “ideals.” Many of them SHOULD be in jail.

  9. Allan Walker

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    November 9, 2019 @ 5:58 pm

    Schiff and his fellow criminal friends should be sent directly to jail. Do not pass go! And no “get out of jail free card.” I do believe that the majority of Americans can see through this charade. President Trump has done more for America in 3 years than any previous democratic presidents before him. The most infamous being Obama He spent all his time going around blaming our country for everything from warmongering to toe nail fungus. Obama can not recall any entrances to any foreign dignitaries dwellings because he always backed into the building bent over pleading for, well you know what! All Trump supporters should react to any protest by Trump haters how stupid the protesters are by ignoring them. Any news organization that supports this unholy war against our duly elected president should be blacklisted. Boycott all establishments that support the left and their dangerous socialist policies. This is your God given right and if you want to continue in praising God freely, in America, do not accept any socialist doctrine period. Socialists and communists by definition are atheists. Look at any Communist country and you will see that all religion is forbidden.
    Brothers and sisters in Christ are currently being persecuted, forbidden freedoms and executed all around the world. Their crime? Praising our Creator. Does not the current vulgar left propose the outlawing of free expression of not only religion but speech itself? Don’t let their loud obnoxious violent protests blind your eyes to the truth. America is a great and charitable nation with the many blessings of God for which to be thankful. Don’t let them steal your joy. God Bless and happy Thanksgiving.

  10. freddie mullins

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    November 9, 2019 @ 8:11 pm

    shift needs to be kick out of congress he tells lies on trump trump finding out how crooked they are their shady dealings over seas with hillary and obama rice brannen clapper and all they out of office so try impeachment to throw around crooked people i stand with trump drain the swamp

  11. cayce h.

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    November 9, 2019 @ 8:57 pm

    Schiff is not an ideologue. He simply doesn’t want the gravy train interrupted, like the rest of the swamp-dwelling lowlifes. When President Trump declared war on the swamp, they saw their cash cow being threatened, and lashed out like drug cartels do. I have followed politics for 40+ years, and I’ve never seen such brazen disregard for the will of the voting public. If you vote for progressive criminals, then you are indeed a fool and deserve however they choose to violate you. The problem is, the rest of us suffer.

  12. Welton Modisette

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    November 9, 2019 @ 11:48 pm

    THE DEMS ARE HORRIBLY DESPERATE. THEY ARE COMMITING FOOLISH ,EMBARRASSING, TREASONOUS STEPS. OH! CONCERNING “STEPS”…THEY HAVE AND STILL ARE STOMPING “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”INTO THE MUD LEAVING A TRAIL OF THEIR OWN STINKING FETID.. FIGURE IT OUT! 🤔

  13. Dale Hammond

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    November 10, 2019 @ 3:42 am

    Since the shifty Schiff is releasing transcripts, why not open the partisan meetings to the Republicans and the nation. That lets us SEE THE WAY THE QUESTIONS ARE ASKED and answered, the non-verbal??

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