White House lawyer John Einsenberg quickly placed a transcript of President Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president in a secure vault after an alarmed Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman told him he thought Trump’s behavior during the call was “wrong,” the Washington Post reported.
According to people familiar with Vindman’s testimony before lawmakers, Vindman was “disturbed,” in the Post’s words, over Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rivals. Vindman reportedly told Eisenberg that “what the President did was wrong,” in the Post’s words.
Eisenberg took notes on their conversation on a yellow legal pad, according to the Post, and then suggested putting the transcript to the classified server.
It’s been previously reported that Eisenberg was the one to put the call transcript in the highly classified vault and that he did it after Vindman raised concerns about the conversation, which he listened in on. But it was not known that Vindman told lawmakers that he thought Trump’s behavior was wrong.
NEW >>> White House lawyer moved transcript of Trump call to classified server immediately after WH adviser warned: 'the President did something wrong' by @carolleonnig @thamburger @gregpmiller https://t.co/HNfMjfvZJC
— Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) October 31, 2019