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Trump Discussed ‘Biden Tapes’ During Ukraine Call, But It Was Deleted From Transcript: Report

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that he tried to correct the White House’s rough transcript of the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s President, including that Trump mentioned tapes of former Vice President Joe Biden, CNN reported Wednesday.

Vindman testified that one example of his attempts to change the transcript was to include Trump telling Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky there were tapes of Biden, which The New York Times reported occurred where there’s an ellipsis in the transcript that was released. The change was not made.

The assertion that some portion of the conversation was replaced by an ellipsis contradicts the White House’s statement in September that the ellipses in the transcript did not represent missing words or phrases. It also contradicts the President who has insisted the transcript the White House released was an exact depiction of the call, even though the memo itself describes it as rough.

The National Security official also said that he would have edited the transcript to specifically show that Zelensky mentioned Burisma — the company that hired Hunter Biden — rather than just “the company,” according to sources.

The phone call between Trump and Zelensky is at the heart of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, following a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump had solicited foreign interference to dig up information on Biden and his son, Hunter, and the White House tried to cover it up. Vindman is the first person who was actually on the call to testify in front of House investigators.


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