NBC News’ Geoff Bennett and Leigh Ann Caldwell reported on Wednesday that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman revealed that the White House told Ukraine that military aide was “contingent” on the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.
This marks the second witness to publicly testify that Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political opponent.
NEW: Vindman told House investigators that a WH meeting AND nearly $400 million in security and military aid was “contingent” on Ukrainian officials carrying out multiple investigations, including into Burisma, the Bidens, the 2016 election and Crowd Strike. w/ @GeoffRBennett
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) October 30, 2019
Last week, ambassador Bill Taylor testified that European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland said that both the military aid to the country and a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would only occur if Ukraine agreed to investigate Biden.
Trump has denied that there was a quid-pro-quo on delivering Ukraine aid, but now two witnesses with direct knowledge of the situation are saying otherwise.