Nov 19, 2019

White House's official Twitter account attacks Vindman as he testifies

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The White House's Twitter account tweeted Tuesday a quote from former National Security Council official Tim Morrison's deposition stating that he had "concerns" about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's judgment.

Why it matters: This is the second instance of President Trump or the White House tweeting about a witness as they're testifying publicly in the impeachment inquiry.

Earlier in the hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Vindman about Morrison's concerns about his judgment. Vindman, who is still employed by the National Security Council, responded by reading aloud former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill's final performance review of his work:

"Alex is a top 1% military officer and the best Army officer I have worked with in my 15 years of government service. He is brilliant, unflappable and exercises excellent judgment."

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Highlights from Alexander Vindman's and Jennifer Williams' impeachment testimonies

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence, testified Tuesday morning as the House kicked off its second week of impeachment hearings.

Why it matters: The hearing was the first time the public heard directly from witnesses who listened to the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that lies at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

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Vindman lawyer calls on Fox News to retract segment alleging "espionage"

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A lawyer for Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman sent a letter to Fox News Wednesday requesting the network retract a segment alleging that Vindman, who was born in Ukraine and is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian, committed "espionage."

Catch up quick: Fox News' Laura Ingraham questioned Vindman's role as the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert in a segment of her show on Oct. 29, stating, “Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine, while working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interest, and usually, they spoke in English. Isn’t that kind of an interesting angle on this story?”

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Read Alexander Vindman's opening statement in the impeachment hearing

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is testifying Tuesday in the House's impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: Vindman is one of the first witnesses to testify publicly who directly listened in to President Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which he will tell the House Intelligence Committee he found "improper."

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