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Trump whistleblower and Army veteran Alexander Vindman to speak at Connecticut College

September 08, 2022 5:03 pm

New London ― Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Iraq War combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient who testified before Congress as part of the first impeachment inquiry against former President Donald Trump, will speak at Connecticut College Sept. 15 about Russia’s war on Ukraine.

The talk is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. at the Athey Center for Performance and Research at Palmer Auditorium.

Vindman, who was born in what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and came to the U.S. as a 3-year-old, served in the U.S. embassies in Kyiv and Moscow before accepting an assignment in 2018 with the National Security Council, where he served as Director of European Affairs. Connecticut College said in a press release he will discuss the global impact of the war, especially on the U.S.

“Lt. Col. Vindman is a preeminent expert on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and its impact on the global economy and the world,” President Katherine Bergeron said. “We are pleased that the College is able to bring to our campus and to the greater New London community such a distinguished authority on these urgent issues.”

Vindman testified in the 2019 House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, which looked into Trump asking Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate Joe Biden and his family. Vindman testified that he was concerned by Trump’s July 25, 2019 phone call with Zelenskyy and reported his concerns to the NSC’s legal counsel, saying he “did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.”

Trump ousted Vindman in February 2020, and Vindman retired from the Army in July 2020, after 21 years of military service.

He is now a senior advisor for VoteVets, a Ph.D. student and fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a board member of the nonprofit Renew Democracy Initiative.

His lecture next week, part of a series bringing national figures to Connecticut College each fall, is sponsored by the Sound Lab Foundation and Friends of the Connecticut College Library.

e.moser@theday.com