Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill caps a devastating week for Trump , President Trump, with the public release of testimony by ,
Two national security council staffers one current, one former — who expressed alarm over the way Trump officials pressured Ukrainian President . Volodymyr Zelensky for political help at home.
The campaign, orchestrated by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and intended to harm Joe Biden, a political rival, is now the subject of an impeachment inquiry .Zelensky was plainly troubling to career public servants unused to his unorthodox approach. “Rudy Giuliani is a hand grenade that is going to blow everybody up,”
National security adviser John Bolton told Fiona Hill . the NSC. Vindman remains at his job at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, right next to the White House, despite having been the subject of withering attacks by Trump and his allies.
Bolton was fired in September, while Hill left her post in June. The testimony of the two officials is bound to energize Democrats ahead of next week’s public hearings. Trump might have otherwise admired. In any case, the chyrons on CNN and MSNBC could not have pleased the president.
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who was removed from her post in May because Giuliani and others regarded her as an impediment to their political work , She and others condemned Trump’s approach to Ukraine in unsparing terms .
With former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker calling the whole affair “extremely unfortunate.” All of the testimony painted a picture of Giuliani as essentially running America’s policy on Ukraine,
which has been engaged in a war against Russian-backed separatist militias on its eastern flank for several years. The former New York City mayor, who is now acting as Trump’s personal lawyer,