The high-stakes performance could be one of the most controversial moments in public hearings, setting the tone as the investigation culminates in a busy week of statements.
The spotlight will intensify pressure on Vindman, who continues to operate in the White House as the best expert of Ukraine in the National Security Council. Earlier, he told Legislators that he believed the president had crossed a "disturbing" border when he asked the Ukrainian president for a "favor" during a July 25 appeal ̵
1; Ukraine is investigating its democratic rival Joe Biden Those listening to the conversation were so concerned that he warned White House lawyers within an hour that the President's actions were inappropriate.
Ever since he appeared as a witness last month, Trump and his allies have denounced Vindman. The president called him a "Never Trumper witness," and in Fox News, Laura Ingraham described Vindman as "a United States National Security official." , , Working in the White House, apparently against the interests of the President.
The attacks increased again on the eve of his testimony. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Suggested in a letter released on Monday that Vindman is in line with the profile of "a significant number of bureaucrats and executive personnel [who] and has never accepted President Trump as legitimate. , , Respond by contacting the press and participating in ongoing efforts to sabotage his policies and, if possible, remove him from office. "
Vindman's lawyer Michael Volkov called Johnson's claim" such a baseless accusation, so ridiculous at first sight, that it does not even justify an answer.
"Lt. Col. Vindman is a patriotic veteran who has been awarded the Purple Heart and has been selflessly serving the nation for over 20 years. "
The attacks have angered Vindman and his twin brother, both of whom are engaged in the US army and initiated careers in the government, both of which were assigned to the National Security Council of the White House, as one familiar with Vindmans thinking Person with the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation said.
He intends to serve on the "I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty," said one who emphasized that he has no hostility to the president and calls himself "nonpartisan." It is an honor to ours To advance and defend the country regardless of party or political issues, "Vindman told the legislature in October. "I have devoted my entire professional life to the United States of America."
This issue is likely to be picked up by Democrats trying to portray him as a lifelong official who risks being warned against his superiors. He believes that the President's actions run counter to US national security interests and possibly the law ,
The Republicans plan to see Vindman as a low-level adjutant operating outside the right channels – and someone they suspect was agitating and trampling on Trump's information.
On Monday night, the high-ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), Issued a letter expressing "concerns about credibility and judgment" from Vindman.
In the transcript, National Security Council officials were concerned about Colonel Vindman's verdict and whether he may have lost information, "Collins wrote Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.) in a letter to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
GOP legislators face a delicate challenge as they decline the testimony of the 44-year-old Iraq war veteran who will wear his blue uniform and chest of medals on Tuesday.
As a sign of the sensitivity of the matter, the Republican leadership was personally involved in the development of the Vindman questioning strategy, said a person familiar with the discussions. By late Monday afternoon, the plan for dealing with Vindman had not been completed.
One topic that the GOP legislator is investigating is with whom Vindman spoke about the July 25 appeal.
When he testified behind closed doors, the Republican legislator said the question asked whether Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, a CIA analyst whose complaint triggered the impeachment investigation.
Vindman said he had spoken with several people about his concerns after the July 25 appeal, including Secretary of State George Kent. He is expected to state, as before, that he does not know the identity of the whistleblower.
The GOP legislators are expected to spend part of their time on Tuesday highlighting how differently Vindman interpreted and responded to the July 25 call. compared with two other witnesses who also listened and should testify on Tuesday. Neither Jennifer Williams, an adjutant to Vice President Pence, nor Tim Morrison, the chief executive for Russian affairs in the National Security Council, filed a complaint with their superiors or warned White House lawyers, like Vindman.
To prepare for Tuesday's hearing, Vindman reviewed the testimony of Morrison, his former line manager, who sometimes conflicted with Vindman before leaving the White House last month.
Morrison criticized Vindman and told lawmakers that Vindman had gone straight to him, a White House lawyer who complained rather than on the chain of command. Previously, the White House lawyer John Eisenberg had asked Vindman to report concerns to him.
Morrison also questioned Vindman's "judgment," including the willingness to speak freely about sensitive matters.
In contrast, Vindman received a star rating from his previous boss, Fiona Hill, in his most recent annual job evaluation, according to a copy reviewed by The Washington Post.
"Outstanding performance of an outstanding director," Hill wrote in Vindman's July 2019 performance assessment. Alex's unprecedented expertise in all aspects of his portfolio makes him an indispensable member of the National Security Team. "
She described him as a" consummate teammate and valued adviser "who" entered the most complex, fast-moving field. The environment in the US government was relentless and paramount.
Morrison and Hill both testify this week, and both could be further questioned about their views on Vindman. Hill is expected to greatly value Vindman and his abilities and praise his skillful execution of complex tasks, according to a person familiar with her report. It has acknowledged to allies that Vindman, as a military officer, had a strong sense of duty and could fulfill his mission, but did not have to participate in complex political disputes.
Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe contributed to this report.