‘Schiff likes to claim he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is… So then how would he know Nunes is asking about the whistleblower?’
(Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump commended GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee for “killing” it on the third full day of public impeachment hearings Tuesday, while denouncing the effort led by Democrat adversaries as a disgraceful “kangaroo court.”
The hearings included testimony from Jennifer Williams, an adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the director for European affairs for the National Security Council.
Both were present in the White House Situation Room, listening in on Trump’s July 25 phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The Charade Continues…
Vindman, a naturalized American citizen who was 3 when his family fled Ukraine, said he spoke out afterward due a sense of “duty” because of the “significant national security implications” he perceived.
“I was concerned by the call,” Vindman said in his opening statement. “What I heard was inappropriate.”
However, many of the assessments he recounted in his stilted testimony seemed to have been more speculative than fact-based.
Vindman, who had helped prepare talking points for the July 25 call, testified that he had used his judgment, based on his military background, in interpreting Trump’s request for a “favor” from Zelenskiy as an order, but that it was open to different interpretations.
Other noteworthy moments from his testimony included a questioning of “bribery” claims that Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, observed was only raised by Democrats after focus-group testing to help sell their impeachment narrative but had never been raised during six weeks of closed-door testimony in connection with Trump.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the ranking minority member on the Intelligence Committee, also called out Vindman’s refusal to answer questions on the supposedly anonymous whistleblower when Vindman previously testified he did not know the identity of the whistleblower.
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