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Opening Statement for Third Day of Public Hearings from Vindman Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (11/19/2019)

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  Opening Statement of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman

    Before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

                           November 19, 2019

Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, thank you for the opportunity to address the
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence with respect to the activities
relating to Ukraine and my role in the events under investigation.


I have dedicated my entire professional life to the United States of America.

For more than two decades, it has been my honor to serve as an officer in the United
States Army. As an infantry officer, I served multiple overseas tours, including
South Korea and Germany, and I was deployed to Iraq for combat operations.

Since 2008, I have been a Foreign Area Officer specializing in European and
Eurasian politico-military affairs. I served in the United States embassies in Kiev,
Ukraine and Moscow, Russia.

In Washington, D.C., I was a politico-military affairs officer for Russia for the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where I drafted the Armed Forces' global
campaign plan to counter Russian aggression and Russian malign influence. In July
2018, I was asked to serve at the White House's National Security Council.

At the NSC I am the principal advisor to the National Security Advisor and the
President on Ukraine and the other countries in my portfolio. My role at the NSC is
to develop, coordinate, and implement plans and policies to manage the full range
of diplomatic, informational, military, and economic national security issues for the
countries in my portfolio. My core function is to coordinate policy with departments
and agencies partners.

The Committee has heard from many of my colleagues about the strategic
importance of Ukraine as a bulwark against Russian aggression. It is important to
note that our country's policy of supporting Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial
integrity, promoting Ukrainian prosperity, and strengthening a free and democratic
Ukraine, as a counter to Russian aggression, has been a consistent, bi-partisan
foreign policy objective and strategy across various administrations, both Democrat

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