Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the White House National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, who testified during a third public hearing in the impeachment effort before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.
Jordan asked Vindman about comments made by his former supervisor Tim Morrison, another National Security Council official.
“Mr Morrison said this, ‘I had concerns about Lieutenant Colonel Vindman’s judgment. Among the discussions I had with Dr. Hill about the transition was our team – its strengths. its weaknesses. And Fiona and others had raised concerns about Alex’s judgment,” Jordan said.
Jordan also questioned Vindman on Morrison’s assertion that someone brought concerns to him regarding Vindman having leaked information.
“Your boss had concerns about your judgment. 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,” Jordan said. “Any idea why they have those impressions Colonel Vindman?”
Vindman replied by reading from a recent performance review filed by Fiona Hill, a former official at the National Security Council who specialized in the former Soviet Union and Russian.
Hill praised Vindman as a top military official in the review.
Vindman denied ever leaking any information.
“Never would,” Vindman said. “Preposterous I would do that.”
Impeachment, day 3
Earlier in the day, Vindman told lawmakers that “vile character attacks” against public servants testifying in the impeachment inquiry were “reprehensible,” urging Americans to be “better than callow and cowardly attacks.” Vindman, an Iraq war veteran, appeared at the hearing wearing his Army uniform and medals.
Vindman did not specifically mention Trump when he referred to “cowardly attacks.” Some Trump allies in the conservative media have questioned Vindman’s loyalty to the United States.