The President also ignored the instructions of his National Security Council staff to raise corruption on his first call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, although the White House claimed that combating corruption was his main reason for withholding military aid, according to CNN.
Corruption is not mentioned in this transcript, although the White House published the call published in April that identified the problem. A White House spokesman put this discrepancy in a statement at the feet of a key witness to the House's impeachment investigation.
"The President continues to advocate transparency in the face of these unfounded allegations and has taken the unprecedented steps to release the protocols. Englisch: www.socialistgroup.eu/gpes/sessiond…03&place=STR On Friday, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said it is the National Security Council's usual procedure to make readings of the Security Council "telephone calls of the president with foreign leaders." This was prepared by the Ukrainian NSC expert. "
This expert is Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who made statements against impeachment investigators earlier this month against Trump. For more than ten hours, Vindman stated that he had reported concerns over Trump's call with the leader of Ukraine on 25 July to the National Security Council's top lawyer within hours, and some of the changes he had made to the protocol that had since been published wanted to make it out, even though he did not say why. Later he was told not to discuss the call with anyone.
Despite the testimony of Gidley, a White House source told CNN that the mistake was due to a White House error, a remarkable disagreement over responsibility for inaccurate press release within the West Wing.
According to this source, the National Security Advisor reviews and approves a draft of a press release prepared by the Directorate and reviewed by NSC Legal and NSC Press Office, which is based on prepared discussion topics for the call and based before it happens.
Typically, the country expert updates the press release to reflect the topics actually discussed.
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"Given that the call was made on Sunday, April 21, 2019, the White House may not have updated the press release to reflect the content of the call before it was publicly released," the source said.
Despite Questions According to sources, Vindman is not the only White House official to blame for the mistake.