Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman reveals in testimony that he told an intelligence official about Trump’s call with Ukrainian leader
Category: News & PoliticsVia: it-is-me • 8 months ago • 102 comments
So close to finding out the "Whistleblower, that nobody on the "Left" seems to know !
But don't say that last persons name you spoke to Lt. Col. Vindman (ssssshhhhh), or the "Whistleblower" would be outed.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman told a House investigative committee Tuesday that he spoke to an intelligence official about President Trump’s July 25 request that Ukraine investigate his political opponents, but he declined to identify the official when pressed to do so.
His refusal came as Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Republican — who kicked off the hearing by calling for the testimony of the whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment investigation — asked witnesses to identify anyone outside the White House with whom they shared details of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
He said he provided a readout of the call to two individuals outside the White House as part of his responsibility to coordinate U.S. government policy with multiple agencies. One was George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, who testified last week, and the other was an individual in the intelligence community, whom Vindman declined to name.
Citing the advice of his attorney, Vindman said he would not answer.
“Per the advice of my counsel, I’ve been advised not to answer the specific questions about members of the intelligence community,” Vindman said.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) sought to halt the questioning, saying it was an effort to identify the whistleblower.
“We need to protect the whistleblower,” Schiff told Nunes. “Please stop. I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistleblower through these proceedings. If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identify of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose that we are here for.”
Vindman is the first person known to have sounded an alarm about Trump’s comments on the call. Immediately afterward, he told Deputy White House Counsel John Eisenberg that the president had crossed a “disturbing” line in asking Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, and he said it was improper to ask a foreign government to investigate an American citizen. Eisenberg then instructed that the records of the call be placed on a secure server, telling Vindman he wanted to prevent leaks.
A few days later, Eisenberg confronted Vindman, saying he had just learned of an anonymous complaint from a CIA employee about the call, and he wanted to know whether Vindman had discussed the call with anyone else, according to a person familiar with his account who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe.
Vindman said he had discussed it with two colleagues with whom he normally works on national security matters, and Eisenberg told him not to talk to anyone else about it in the future.