Alexander Vindman invokes late dad, defends colleagues during impeachment hearing

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman,  a U.S. Army officer detailed to the National Security Council who listened in on the July 25 call at the center of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, spoke to Capitol Hill lawmakers of his own patriotism, of his late father who brought his family to the U.S. from Ukraine and defended his colleagues who have also testified.

The 20-year military officer arrived at Capitol Hill in military blue with a chest full of service medals. He said he is grateful his father came to the United States, a place “where I can live free of fear for mine and my family’s safety.”

He then spoke to his late father in his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee, saying, “Dad, my sitting here today … is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union.”

And he defended fellow State Department and White House officials who have offered testimony or will be testifying against character attacks. “I want to take a moment to recognize the courage of my colleagues who have appeared and are scheduled to appear before this Committee. I want to state that the vile character attacks on these distinguished and honorable public servants is reprehensible,” Vindman said.

“It is natural to disagree and engage in spirited debate, this has been our custom since the time of our Founding Fathers, but we are better than callow and cowardly attacks.”

With AP

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