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Impeachment witness has message for his father: 'I will be fine for telling the truth.'

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Published on November 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:23s

Impeachment witness has message for his father: 'I will be fine for telling the truth.'

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman on Tuesday thanked his father in his opening statement for leaving the Soviet Union and said that, unlike in other nations, he can speak out about elected leaders without fear.

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Impeachment witness has message for his father: 'I will be fine for telling the truth.'

Vindman also said in his opening statement: "It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent." Three other witnesses were scheduled to testify at Tuesday's hearing: Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine; Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence; and former National Security Council Russia expert Tim Morrison.

The inquiry focuses on a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations that would benefit him politically including one targeting Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

The other involved a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

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