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Here’s Rep. Nunes asking Vindman, who admitted to sharing the contents of President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky’s phone call with two people, who they were:
Nunes: What agencies were these officials with?
Lt. Col. Vindman: Department of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent… and an individual from the office in the intelligence community.
Nunes: As you know the intelligence community has 17 different agencies. What agency was this individual from?
Chairman Schiff: If I can interject here. We don’t want to use these proceedings (crosstalk) we need to protect the whistleblower. I want to make sure that there’s no effort to out the whistleblower through these proceedings.
If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose of what we are here for and I want to advise the witness accordingly.
Nunes: Lt. Col. Vindman, you testified in your deposition that you did not know who the whistleblower was.
Lt. Col. Vindman: I do not know who the whistleblower is.
Nunes: How is it possible for you to name these people and then out the whistleblower?
Lt. Col. Vindman: Per the advice of my counsel I’ve been advised not to answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community.
Nunes: Are you aware that this is the Intelligence Committee that’s conducting an impeachment hearing?
Lt. Col. Vindman: Of course I am.
Nunes: Wouldn’t the appropriate place for you to have come to to testify would be the Intelligence Committee about someone within the intelligence community?
Lt. Col. Vindman: Ranking member, per the advice of my counsel, and the instructions from the Chairman, I’ve been advised not to provide any specifics on who I’ve spoken to within the intelligence community.
Only in the minds of Democrats can second-hand allegations from an anonymous source be considered grounds for overturning the votes of 63,000,000 Americans.
Shut these hearings down until the complainant (whistleblower) can be cross examined.
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