Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman closed his opening statement on the third day of public hearings in the investigation process with an emotional message to his father celebrating the rights and freedoms of American citizens.
Vindman came to the United States as a child from Ukraine when it was still part of the Soviet Union. In his testimony on Tuesday, the army lieutenant colonel and National Security Council official applauded his father for deciding to flee from Ukraine in the late 1970s and settle the family in the United States.
"Dad, I'm sitting here today in the US Capitol talking to our chosen professionals is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the USSR and come here to the United States in search of a better life for our family , "Vindman said. "Don't worry. I'll be fine to tell the truth."
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At another time, Vindman reflected on the fact that he could not speak so freely in many countries.
"My simple behavior here today, just like the courage of my colleagues who have also truthfully testified before this committee, would not be tolerated in many places around the world," Vindman said, adding that in Russia would "offer publicly The testimony of the President will surely cost me my life. "
Vindman, the best expert on Ukraine at NSC, was at the July 25 conversation between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who filed a whistleblower complaint and spiraled into the investigation into the rebuttal. In the conversation, Trump called on Zelensky to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter and to a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 US presidential election.
During Tuesday's hearing, Vindman described the July 25 call as "inappropriate" and said what he heard "had significant national security implications for our country."
"It is inappropriate for the US president to require a foreign government to investigate an American citizen and a political opponent," Vindman said.  Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran, has been attacked by the president and his allies for participating in the impeachment investigation. Trump has attempted to malign several witnesses publicly in the investigation, something Vindman hinted at in frightening terms on Tuesday.
"The character attacks on these excellent and honored public servants are reprehensible," Vindman said.