Trump smears Alexander Vindman without evidence — as immigrant hero delivers impeachment bombshell

Trump smears Alexander Vindman without evidence — as immigrant hero delivers impeachment bombshell


To most Americans, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is an immigrant hero from Brooklyn who won a Purple Heart in Iraq and rose to become the top White House expert on Ukraine  To President Trump, the decorated service member is just a “Never Trumper” out to get him Advertisement  Without providing evidence, Trump Tuesday joined a right-wing smear aimed at Vindman as he prepared Tuesday to deliver a hammer blow to in testimony to the impeachment inquiry  “The Ukraine call “concerned” today’s Never Trumper witness?” Trump asked on Twitter “Was he on the same call that I was?”  Vindman arrived on Capitol Hill dressed in full uniform Tuesday morning ahead of his planned all-day testimony  The decorated veteran was attacked as a possible Ukrainian double-agent by pro-Trump talking heads after his devastating testimony revealed first-hand knowledge of Trump’s improper push to dig up dirt on Democrats  Fox News host Laura Ingraham pointed out that Vindman would often speak to Ukrainian officials in their native language, especially when the diplomats wanted advice about how to navigate White House demands that they work with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani  “I find that astounding,” said conservative legal eagle John Yoo. “That sounds like espionage ”  Ingraham nodded agreement with the idea that Vindman did something wrong by interacting with his counterparts from a close ally in a language they both understood  Ex-Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) suggested Vindman’s first loyalty is to Ukraine, even though he is a U S. citizen who served in Iraq.  “I don’t know that he’s concerned about American policy,” Duffy said on CNN “His main mission was to make sure that the Ukraine got those weapons.”  The smear effort drew immediate blowback from critics of Trump  “To trash someone who served their country honorably is just wrong,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W V.). “Despicable,” he added on NBC News.  The smear was too much for even some Trump supporters  Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Republicans “are better than that.”  “It is shameful to question (his) patriotism, (his) love of this country,” Cheney said Advertisement  Vindman is the first witness who will recount listening in firsthand on Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call in which he demanded Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky launch investigations of Democrats as a “favor ” Like other experts, Vindman was shocked and dismayed by the brazen quid pro quo on the call He reported the problematic nature of Trump’s shakedown try to superiors twice but was rebuffed Related Gallery Timeline of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump  Vindman also says he rebuked Gordon Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, when the Trump ally sought to get him to back efforts to get Ukraine to probe Burisma, a gas company whose board included Hunter Biden  His testimony corroborates the complaint of the intelligence whistleblower whose report triggered the impeachment drama, as well as that of Bill Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine

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