The White House sent out multiple emails to surrogates of President Trump warning them on key credibility issues related to impeachment witness Alexander Vindman.
One email sent from the White House to Trump surrogates said.
“Vindman has major credibility issues.”
“Vindman has faced accusations of poor judgement, leaking, and going around normal procedures. There were concerns that Vindman had improperly accessed information he wasn’t supposed to see.”
This is a reference from the closed-door testimony of impeachment witness Tim Morrison. Morrison told Congress under oath that he had been warned by Fiona Hill to be warry of Alexander Vindman, who she claimed had judgment issues. Vindman had just recently joined Hill and Morrison on the National Security Council.
Vindman disputed the claim by Morrison during his own hearing, saying that Fiona Hill had said that he is “brilliant” and “exercises excellent judgment.”
Another email sent out by the White House accuses Alexander Vindman of meddling in foreign issues against the will of the President. Vindman admitted to directing Ukrainian officials to oppose requests by President Trump.
“There was nothing wrong with the call with Zelensky at all, Vindman was just upset that President Trump was leading foreign policy instead of sticking to Vindman’s talking points,” that email reads. “But it’s not Vindman’s job to set foreign policy, it’s the President’s.”
The White House also wrote Tuesday’s edition of 1600 Daily, the official White House newsletter, “Alexander Vindman—who testified for hours on national TV—has never met the President, said that he has no way of knowing what the President was thinking on Ukraine, and admitted that his testimony was based on nothing more than his own personal opinions and feelings.”
Lt. Col. Vindman’s Tuesday testimony turned out to be extremely exciting when Chairman Adam Schiff seemingly outed Vindman as the source for the Ukraine Call whistleblower.
Vindman was being questioned by Rep. Devin Nunes when he admitted he gave copies of the call transcript to both Morrison and an unnamed member of the intelligence community.
When Nunes questioned Vindman about the name of the intelligence community member, Schiff interjected and said “we need to protect the name of the whistleblower.” Alexander Vindman and his attorney used Schiff’s direction to block any further questions on the issue.