The White House lawyer who put the record of President Donald Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s president in a top-secret system also urged an official who heard the call not to tell anyone about it, Politico reported Friday.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a decorated Army officer who served as the National Security Council’s director for Ukraine, told House lawmakers that he went to lawyer John Eisenberg to register his concerns about the call, in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens, Politico reported, citing an unnamed source.
Eisenberg recorded Vindman’s complaints in notes on a yellow legal pad, then spoke with his deputy Michael Ellis about how to handle the conversation because it was clearly “sensitive,” Vindman testified.
The lawyers decided to move the record of the call into the NSC’s top-secret codeword system—a server normally used to store highly classified material that only a small group of officials can access.
Vindman didn’t consider the move as evidence of a cover-up, Politico reported, citing another unnamed source.
But Vindman became disturbed a few days later when Eisenberg told him not to tell anyone about the call, Politico reported.
Eisenberg’s decision to move the call record to the codeword system following his conversation with Vindman was first reported by the Washington Post. But his subsequent request that Vindman not to talk about the call with anyone hasn't been previously reported.
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