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Key impeachment witness says Ukraine offered defense post

WASHINGTON: A key witness in the impeachment investigation into US President Donald Trump s alleged arms-for-investigations Ukraine scandal testified Tuesday that a senior Kiev official offered him the job of defense minister. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert on the White House National Security Council, told a congressional impeachment hearing he did not take the offer seriously.Republicans brought up the offer from Oleksandr Danylyuk, the former secretary of Ukraine s National Security and Defense Council, in an apparent bid to discredit Vindman s damning testimony against Trump. Vindman said Danylyuk dangled the post three times during a meeting in Kiev on the occasion of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky s April inauguration. But every single time, I dismissed it, Vindman told the House Intelligence Committee, adding that he reported the offer to his superiors in the US government. I think it would be a great honor and frankly I m aware of service members that have left service to help nurture the developing democracies in that part of the world, he said. He stressed however: I m an American I came here when I was a toddler and I immediately dismissed these offers.

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