Windman told Eisenberg, White House legal adviser on national security, that what the president did was wrong, said people who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
Writing notes on a yellow legal pad, Eisenberg suggested a move other officials say contradicts the White House's longstanding protocol: moving a call record to a high-end server and limiting access to it by two people familiar with your Vindman account. [1
9659002] Details of how the White House is pressed for information about the controversial call comes as the House's impeachment investigation focuses on the role of Eisenberg, who has been the White House's deputy attorney since the start of the Trump administration. House impeachment investigators announced Wednesday night that they had asked Eisenberg and his White House lawyer, Mike Ellis, to testify on Monday.
On Thursday, the House is scheduled to vote on the rules for the next phase of the investigation and hear from Tim Morrison, former Deputy National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Windman's account marks the first known instance in which a witness first presented a first-hand account linking Eisenberg to the decision to move the problematic transcript to a highly classified server prior to the impeachment investigation.  Eisenberg did not respond to requests for comment. The White House spokesman declined to discuss Eisenberg's role in dealing with the July 25 census, or how he coped with concerns he heard from employees.
"In accordance with the practices of past administrations on both sides, we will not discuss internal discussions of the White House Law Office," said White House Deputy Secretary Hogan Gidley.
Eisenberg, who worked at the Washington office Kirkland & Ellis, before joining the Trump administration, also served in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush Administration and was a White House deputy counselor overseeing national security issues after Trump's assumption of office, serving with former White House lawyer Donald McGon and his successor, Pat Tsipolon.
By the time Windman came to him in late July, Eisenberg was already aware of the concerns of employees of The White House on attempts by the administration to pressure Ukraine for political purposes, as reported earlier by The Washington Post.
Three weeks earlier, Windman and another senior official approached him after a controversial meeting on July 10, in which they stated that European Union Ambassador Gordon ondland pressed two Ukrainian officers to investigate political opponents of Trump, including former Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Hunter serves on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
Sondland lawyer Robert Luskin said on Wednesday that his client did not mention Bidens at the July 10 meeting or other discussions on Ukraine's policy.
"Ambassador Sundland has nothing to add to his prepared testimony, in which he clarifies that he did not, at that time or another, mention any Biden by name and did not know that Burdism was related to Biden," said Luskin  On that day, two officials representing the newly-elected Ukrainian president came to the White House in hopes of strengthening relations with the Trump administration.
Instead, visitors found themselves in a feud between senior White House officials.
The two Ukrainian visitors – Andrey Yermak, senior advisor to Zelensky, and Alexander Danilyuk, head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine – were first accompanied to Bolton's office, where they met with Windman, Sundland, White House adviser Russia Fiona Hill and Kurt Volker, Special Envoy of the State Department in Ukraine.
While the group discussed the US desire to see Kiev stand up to corruption, Sondland turned a horse.
Bolton was so disturbed by the comments that he interrupted the meeting, according to people familiar with the testimony.  Then Sundland asked the Ukrainians to accompany him to a pre-planned raid at Ward Room, a basement area of the conference used by the national security team.
During this meeting, Sondland "emphasized the importance that Ukraine would conduct investigations into the 2016 elections, Bidens and Burisma," a reference to a gas company that overhears Biden Hunter's son to be on board, according to Vindman's opening statement to MPs.
Vindman objected, telling Sondland that the request was "wholly inappropriate," according to a person familiar with his testimony.
While tense, Sondland asked the two Ukrainian officials if they would like
Hill, whom Bolton was instructed to monitor Sundland, he had just entered Ward's room, and she immediately reiterated Windman's objection that the request was contrary to national security goals, according to her testimony. "She was very emotional," one person recalled. , heard Windman's story about the meeting, add and that Hill raised his voice and strongly objected.
Windman and Hill complained directly to Eisenberg of the episode, according to his testimony and people familiar with their actions, It is not clear if Eisenberg took any response.  Weeks later, Windman became even more alarmed as he sat in the situation hall and listened to Trump speak to Zelensky, according to a person familiar with his testimony, among those in attendance were Morrison, who had just replaced Hill as a senior advisor. for Russia in the White House, and a retired gen Rahl Lieutenant Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President pensions.
"I would like you to do us a favor," Trump told the Ukrainian president, then asked him to investigate the debunked conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee server was transported to Ukraine after it was taken in 2016, according to A crude transcript published by the White House, Trump also asked Zelensky to continue investigating Biden and his son, the transcript shows.
Stunned, Windman looked up and made eye contact with Morrison, the person said. Windman said he "didn't think so that it was right for me to require a foreign government to investigate an American citizen, and I was worried about the consequences of the US Government's support for Ukraine. Ethics Counsel for the National Security Council Ellis, the Deputy Counsel for the National Security Council, also joined the discussion, he said.
Windman read strong remarks he made during the President's call. Eisenberg then suggested that the National Security Council move the call records to a separate, highly classified computer system, Windman told MPs.
Later, the White House lawyer directed the move of the transcript to a system known as NICE for the NSC Intelligence Collaboration Environment, which is usually reserved for code-level intelligence programs and, above,
secret sources and methods. , according to an administration official.
Former Trump national security officials said it was not heard that presidential conversations with foreign NICE leaders were being heard, but that Eisenberg had moved at least one more copy of Trump's phone call there.
On September 25, under mounting political pressure, the White House released a rough transcript of Zelensky's call. Trump called it a "perfect call" and proof that he did nothing wrong.
In his testimony, Windman recalled that during the call, Zelensky raised name-based breeding in response to Trump's request that Ukrainians look into Bidens – details not included in the White House transcript.
Ellen Nakashima and Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.