Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), One of the house's most rabid republicans and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said it was "shameful" to question Vindman's loyalty or patriotism toward the country.
Cheney was not even pressured by reporters on the subject. In her opening speeches during a weekly press conference on Capitol executives, she sought to expose the attacks on Vindman, including the fancy theory that he was a potential spy working against the United States.
"We have to show that we are better as a nation," said Cheney, the country's third-in-command Republican. "We talk about excellent veterans who served this nation and who risked their lives, and it is shameful to question their patriotism, their love for this nation, and we should not be involved in this process."
Former Member of Parliament Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) Told CNN that Vindman "seems to be incredibly worried about Ukrainian defense, I do not know he's worried about American politics." Vindman's "affinity" might well referring to Ukraine and not to the United States.
John Yoo, former government official of George W. Bush, suggested that Vindman participate in "espionage" after Lauran Ingraham of Fox News suggested that Vindman "join Ukraine The work in the White House was apparently advised against the interests of the President. "
But even as GOP lawmakers reject or avoid such rhetoric I'm not ready to back up Vindman's statement, which the Democrats vaunted as explosive. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Minority House, said he was grateful for Vindman's service to the country, but argued that the White House official's version of the events was "wrong." And Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said Vindman is talking about the call we already know. So we can make our own judgment. "
" I do not really understand what the Great God means, "said Portman.
The House Democrats are investigating whether Trump has withheld foreign aid from Ukraine unless the country has opened an investigation into the Biden family
Vindman, who appeared on Capitol Hill in his army uniform on Tuesday, told investigators at the impeachment office that he thought Trump had undermined national security through his printing campaign in Ukraine, and reported on these concerns twice also securing his account by referring to his military service, which includes the wounding in an IED attack in Iraq and the awarding of a Purple Heart.
A key part of the GOP's impeachment strategy was to increase the credibility of the whistleblower, which had brought the Ukraine episode to light for the first time, as well as other witnesses interviewed during the investigation, such as undermine u. Vindman is the first witness to make a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Few Republicans on Capitol Hill enter such a course with Vindman ̵
Never Trumper witness. Was he on the same phone call as me? Can not be possible! Ask him to read the call log. Witch hunt! Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.
"Like many other Never Trumpers, they can testify on a perfectly suitable phone conversation when no one has to READ the TRANSCRIPT!" Added the President. "I knew people were listening to the call (why should I say something inappropriate?), Which was fine with me, but why so many?"
Marianne Levine contributed to this report.