White House disputes Vindman account of transcript edits

Testimony suggested changes to the rough transcript of Trump-Zelenskiy call

October 31, 2019 - 2:23 pm

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, departs a closed door meeting after testifying as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is disputing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's testimony that he suggested changes to the rough transcript of President Donald Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy.

Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Vindman "never suggested filling in any words at any points where ellipses appear in the transcript." She added that because the House impeachment hearings are behind closed doors, "we cannot confirm whether or not Lt. Col. Vindman himself made any such false claim."

Vindman told lawmakers he suggested changes to the transcript released by the White House that were not made. That's according to people familiar with his testimony who were granted anonymity to discuss it.

Vindman's lawyer didn't return a call requesting comment.

In the call, Trump presses the Ukraine leader to investigate Democrats.

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