Intel Panel Press Vindman To Identify Trump Foe

Via The Washington Examiner:

Congressional Republicans who questioned Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman during private testimony in the House Intelligence Committee repeatedly tried to push the White House official to reveal the name of the whistleblower whose complaint sparked impeachment proceedings into President Trump, but Vindman insisted he did not know.

 “What the Republicans are trying to do, very clearly in their questioning, is try to front-door or backdoor … Colonel Vindman into revealing who the whistleblower is, even though in his testimony he says he doesn’t know,” said Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who was in the room for at least a few portions of the session Tuesday.

Vindman, on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House, has come forward with allegations that Trump endangered national security when he asked Ukraine to investigatepolitical rival Joe Biden. Vindman, whose portfolio on the NSC was Ukraine, alleged that the president withheld military aid in an attempt to get Kyiv to cooperate.

Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina allied with Trump, declined to offer an assessment of Vindman’s credibility or to characterize military officer’s testimony. But Meadows confirmed Wasserman Schultz’s account of what Vindman said about the whistleblower.