Republican Congress Chair Rep. Liz Cheney destroyed & # 39; shameful & # 39; questioning the patriotism of a major accusation witness who served in Iraq and testified Tuesday after being undermined by prominent conservatives.
Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, spent her public admonition after controversial conservative commentators attempted to discredit the witness Colonel Alexander Vindman before his testimony – with a former top Bush administration who compared him to a spy.
& # 39; I also want to say something about something else that has been going on in the last few hours and last night, which I also find shameful, and that is questioning patriotism, questioning dedication to country, of people like Mr. Vindman – Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, who is coming today – and others who have testified, "Cheney said at a House Leadership press conference.
& # 39; And it's a shame to question their patriotism, & # 39; said Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney about attacks on witnesses who provided information to the impeachment-led probe
& # 39; I think we should show that we are better than being a nation & # 39 ;, she said, bluntly admonishing critics who participated in the pushback.
& # 39; Their patriotism, their love for the country, we are talking about decorated veterans who have served this nation, who have put their lives at risk. And it's a shame to question their patriotism, their love for this nation. And we must not be involved in that process. We must ensure that we adhere to and enforce the Constitution. The fact that the Democrats refuse that does not mean that we have to drag ourselves to the level at which they are active. And we won't do that as Republicans. "
She spoke after the former Bush administration top official John Yoo even compared some of Vindman's activities in the National Security Council with & # 39; espionage & # 39 ;.
Former President of the Bush Administration John Yoo participated in a panel segment that undermined Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman before his testimony to Congress Committees Tuesday
Host Laura Ingraham asked Yoo about a detail from a report in the New York Times that stated that Vindman advised Ukrainian officials on how to deal with Rudy Giuliani
Alexander Vindman (C), director of the National Security Council, arrives on October 29, 2019 for a deposition at the US Capitol in Washington, DC
President Trump tweeted that he never even knew Vindman. He also called him a & # 39; Never Trumper & # 39 ;, a tag he also used against diplomat Bill Taylor. Trump has never compared Trumpers to & # 39; human scum & # 39;
Former Wisconsin GOP representative Sean Duffy participated in the attack and said on CNN Tuesday about Vindman: & It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about the Ukrainian defense. I don't know he's worried about American policy … we all have affinity with our home country where we came from … he has affinity with Ukraine. & # 39;
& # 39; We all have affinity with our home country where we came from … He has a right to his opinion. I think he has affinity for the Ukraine, he speaks Ukrainian, he came to the country and he wants to make sure they are safe and free, I understand that, & said Duffy. He named Trump the one who sets the policy and & # 39; first looks at America & # 39 ;.
Host John Berman or he said that Vindman, & # 39; a decorated war veteran, is not first looking for America, yes or no? & # 39;
Duffy replied: & # 39; I don't know what he … & # 39; Duffy replied.
Duffy announced his resignation in Congress in August and now serves as a CNN commentator.
The extraordinary attacks – and the reprimand of an influential GOP leader in the House – only arrived a few hours before Colonel Alexander Vindman in his uniform appeared in the Capitol to give a statement about how he sounded the alarm after President's call Trump with the President of Ukraine on July 25.
But Vindman's service as a policy expert at the National Security Council and military performance (he got a purple heart and served in the fight in Iraq) did not protect him against attacks.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham noted on her program that he buried a passage & # 39; in a New York Times story about his testimony. The report said: & # 39; Because he and his family emigrated from Ukraine and speaks fluent Ukrainian and Russian, Ukrainian officials sought advice on how to deal with Mr. Giuliani, although they mostly communicated in English. & # 39 ;
The passage referred to Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who testified to several witnesses that they had implemented Ukrainian policy on a separate track, while continuing his efforts to get Ukrainians to investigate the Bidens.
Ingraham noted the military record of Vindman and said, "He is a decorated colonel in the war in Iraq," but then explained the facts in an even less flattering light.
& # 39; Hold on, John, & # 39; she said, grinning. & # 39; Here we have a US National Security Officer who advises Ukraine while working in the White House apparently against the interests of the President and most of the time they spoke in English. Isn't that an interesting perspective on this story? & # 39;
That prompted a response from Yoo, who after the September 11 attacks the infamous torture memo & # 39; s about & # 39; improved interrogation techniques & # 39; authorized.
& # 39; I find that amazing. Some people call that espionage, & Yoo replied.
Yoo said Vindman & # 39; s testimony & # 39; is not really trying to add new facts to what we know. & # 39;
He said: & # 39; I don't see how this latest news adds more facts to what we know about whether or not this is an unassailable breach. & # 39;
& # 39; Or you
& # 39; I think this is something that the American people should decide instead of just the House, & # 39; he said.
Then co-panelist Alan Dershowitz called on the White House to add constitutional scientists like John who can make it clear that there is a difference between sin, what is a reason to vote against someone, crime, what can be a reason to be someone to prosecute and high crime, which is an unassailable crime. & # 39;
Trump argued that a transcript of the call makes it clear that he did nothing wrong, and that Vindman is an unimportant figure who has never crossed the road with him.
& # 39; Why are there people I have never heard I have testified about the call? READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND THE IMPAACHMENT HOAX IS OVER! Ukrain (sic) said NO PRESSURE, & tweet Trump.
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