Vindman's Brother in Charge of Reviewing Bolton Book Leaked to Media, Report Shows
Yevgeny Vindman oversaw National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book manuscript
The twin brother of one of the Democrats' key witnesses in their anti-Trump impeachment campaign, was responsible for reviewing former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book manuscript that was recently leaked to the media, according to reports.
On Monday, citing a source close to the administration, Breitbart reported that Army Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, a senior ethics lawyer for the NSC, oversaw the process for reviewing publications by current and former NSC officials.
Yevgeny Vindman is the identical twin of the director of European affairs for the NSC, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
Alexander Vindman appeared as one of Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) star witnesses to testify against President Donald Trump at a House impeachment hearing in November.
The later Vindman testified that he had reported concerns about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the lead NSC lawyer.
The NSC has yet to comment on the revelations.
Alexander Vindman also told impeachment investigators that his brother had witnessed him reporting the call and the decision to move the transcript of the conversation to a top-secret server, according to reports.
On Sunday, The New York Times and other outlets published accounts of Bolton’s book based on multiple leaks.
Bolton reportedly wrote that Trump told him he was withholding military aid from Ukraine to pressure Kyiv to announce investigations into his political opponents, including former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
That alleged quid pro quo was at the heart of the Democratic-controlled House’s impeachment of Trump in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.
Bolton’s lawyer, Chuck Cooper, issued a statement Sunday night saying that the Times’ report showed “the prepublication review process [at the NSC] has been corrupted.”
Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine, said on Twitter Monday that the reports of his conversation with Bolton are inaccurate.
“If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” he said.
I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book. With that being said, the...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
The revelation of Bolton’s allegations has increased pressure for Republican senators, who control the chamber, to allow him to testify in the ongoing impeachment trial.
Regardless, though, the trial is unlikely to end with a vote that removes Trump from office, as Senate Republicans have continually voiced support for the president.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, during his November testimony, Alexander Vindman admitted that he fabricated details from the president's phone call with Ukraine's leader during an official summary of the conversation.
During his summary of the call, Vindman included details about a discussion between the two leaders regarding an agreement to "root out corruption" in Ukraine, but that conversation never took place.
Prior to the call, Vindman included the fabricated details in the talking points provided to the president but admitted during testimony that Trump did not use them in the call.
Had the conversation taken place, it would have been a dream come true for Democrats seeking evidence of a quid-pro-quo, but it never happened.
The summery Vindman wrote after the call read:
President Trump underscored the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity – within its internationally recognized borders – and expressed his commitment to work together with President-elect Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption.
During his testimony, Vindman clarified that President Trump did not bring up the topic of rooting out corruption during the phone call.
But, he confessed, he included it in his summary of the call anyway.