Temporary House Intelligence Committee member Jim Jordan wasted no time questioning Lt. Col. Vindman’s judgment in his response to the now-infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call.
After ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) yielded to him, Jordan read from the deposition of Tim Morrison — Vindman’s boss at the National Security Council — in which Morrison expressed “concerns” about Vindman’s “judgment.” Fiona Hill, another NSC official who also served as Vindman’s boss, also had reservations — according to Jordan.
“So your boss had concerns about your judgment,” Jordan said. “Your former boss, Dr. Hill, had concerns about your judgment. Your colleagues had concerns about your judgment. And your colleagues felt that there were times when you leaked information. Any idea why they have those impressions, Colonel Vindman?” Jordan asked.
Vindman replied by reading from an evaluation written by Hill earlier this year.
“Alex is a top 1% military officer, and the best Army officer I have worked with in my 15 years of government service,” said Vindman, quoting Hill. “‘He is brilliant, unflappable, and exercises excellent judgment. … exemplary during numerous visits,’ so forth, and so on. I think you get the idea.”
In further responding to Jordan, Vindman didn’t know why Mr. Morrison questioned his judgment.
Vindman bristled at the very idea he would leak information.
Before closing, Jordan reiterated that Congress has all of the necessary information to determine that President Trump did not commit any impeachable offenses, including:
- The transcripts.
- Both presidents saying on the record there was no quid pro quo.
- The fact Ukraine did not know military aid was temporarily held up.
- The fact that Zelensky did nothing to pursue Trump’s ask to investigate Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings further.