Trump impeachment: Call with Ukrainian president was ‘inappropriate’

Donald Trump was “inappropriate” and “improper” to ask his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden, a White House official has told the impeachment inquiry into the US president.

During the first televised hearing of the inquiry, army veteran Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman said he “couldn’t believe what I was hearing” when the call between Mr Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky took place on 25 July.

Mr Trump is accused of asking Mr Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations to help his re-election – one targeting his rival and former vice president Mr Biden, the other involving a debunked theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election rather than Russia.

Donald Trump has been accused of abusing his position for personal gain
Image:Donald Trump has been accused of abusing his position for personal gain

Lt Col Vindman, who wore his military uniform and medals as he gave evidence, said: “It was inappropriate, it was improper for the president to request – to demand – an investigation into a political opponent.

He added: “Frankly, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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