On Monday, the New York Times published a story about the fact that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert serving on the National Security Council, was going to testify in the House’s Impeachment Inquiry about President Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainian government to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The story included the following sentence regarding Vindman:

Because he emigrated from Ukraine along with his family when he was a child and is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, Ukrainian officials sought advice from him about how to deal with Mr. Giuliani, though they typically communicated in English.

This is a reference to President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was talking to Ukrainian government officials and trying to get them to start an investigation into Joe Biden. (President Trump urged the Ukrainian President to work with Giuliani on this.) In any case, Republicans seized on this sentence, accusing Vindman of dual loyalties or even espionage on behalf of Ukraine.

My question is, has Vindman commented on the nature of his communications with Ukrainian officials, like whether they were part of his duties on the National Security Council? Was he asked any questions about this when he appeared before Congress?

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    My impression is that Vindman was attacked (as having divided loyalties) simply for being born in Ukraine, regardless of other stuff you mention. See haaretz.com/us-news/… for instance. – Fizz Oct 31 at 2:03
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    And regarding espionage, the guy who said that, John Yoo, later said he was misunderstood. He was referring to the Ukrainian officials as potentially having engaged in espionage. washingtonexaminer.com/news/… – Fizz Oct 31 at 2:11

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