Despite Donald Trump’s incessant attack on the top Ukraine expert, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of the National Security Council is undeterred. He continues to testify before the House impeachment investigators for over 10 hours in a week. He is the first witness to have heard to alleged call to the leader of Ukraine by POTUS and claims to have been troubled by it. He said that he immediately reported the incident to National Security Council lawyers. Some changes he tried to make to the report did not make it to the final edit.
Trump, on the other hand, is running a smear campaign against Vindman’s political reliability and has stated that more details on the same will be revealed soon. So far, no evidence has been shown to back these claims. Vindman, on the other hand, goes to work at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the Oval Office every day since his testimony. The other official, Tim Morrison, who has testified against the President is in talks to leave the administration soon.
Post Vindman’s testimony, the President’s allies were under fire for implying that he was a Ukraine loyalist, his place of birth. Vindman is a decorated Army officer, who has also been awarded the Purple Heart when he was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Trump’s vicious attack on Vindman and other whistleblowers at the center of the inquiry have gained momentum as they make implications on the political motivations of the person testifying. He asserted on Monday that the unnamed individual who wanted to submit answers to republican lawmakers would not be enough. One particularly intriguing tweet from the President undermined the genuineness of the witnesses in this manner: “The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable! Where is the 2nd Whistleblower? He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!”
Back in 2016 when Trump was asked to be interviewed for Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, he refused to do so, stating that he would submit written answers only. He refused this interview and also agreed only to answer questions that pertained to a time before he took office.
The House, meanwhile, has interviewed 12 witnesses in relation to Trump’s pressure tactics to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.