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Findings by Byron York have confirmed that retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the “super patriot” who testified against President Donald Trump earlier this year, was indeed the “original source” of the Ukraine impeachment hoax.
After President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call last summer to look into allegations of corruption surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden, a partisan whistleblower filed a formal complaint against him.
That formal complaint wound up forming the basis for the Democrats’ impeachment against the president. However, it was later learned that the whistleblower didn’t even work in the White House and therefore couldn’t have overheard the president’s conversation, meaning he’d heard about the conversation from someone else. But who?
Speaking late Wednesday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” York answered this question.
“If the whistleblower wasn’t in the White House, how did he learn what was going on?” he asked rhetorically before outlining evidence that points to Vindman being the original source.
“Lieutenant Colonel Vindman was one of several people who had listened to the Trump-Zelensky phone call. But he was the only one who was disturbed by what took place. He was the only one who thought there was a problem there,” he said.
Now flashback to late last year when Vindman testified before the House Intelligence Committee in several “secret sessions,” according to York.
During those sessions, a key fact was discovered.
“[Members of Congress] said, well, who outside the White House did you tell about this phone call? And he said, I told two people, said, well, who are they? One of them was George Kent, who was a State Department official and who was specialized in Ukraine,” York explained.
“Who was the other one? Well, he was in the intelligence community. And at that point, Rep. Adam Schiff and other Democrats interrupted. You cannot say, you cannot ask the other person he spoke to. And Republicans said, well, why? Why can’t we ask about that? And they said because it would tend to identify the whistleblower.”
York, added, “So it didn’t take a real rocket scientist to figure out that the source of this, the original source of this was Lieutenant Colonel Vindman.”
This and other revelations are outlined in York’s just-released book, “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump.”
Many of the facts about Vindman never surfaced during the impeachment hearings themselves in part because of his status as a decorated military officer.
“Republicans had a very difficult time handling Lt. Col. Vindman because they felt like he was the origin of all this, they wanted to dig deeper into that, but he was a decorated military officer, and they were afraid,” York said.
“You can never criticize anyone who has the medals on the chest. That’s just a rule,” she said matter-of-factly.
York tweeted about this Tuesday evening:
A lot of you have criticized Vindman’s actions in Ukraine matter. That’s fair. Many Hill Republicans saw him as starting the whole saga over a policy disagreement. But Vindman was also a decorated military officer. A big dilemma for GOP. From OBSESSION: https://t.co/iJJRYWEPl8 pic.twitter.com/0NwCUOZl2X
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 8, 2020
One of the hidden about Vindman, who’s an immigrant from Ukraine, was that he’d been asked three times by Ukraine’s government to serve as its Defense Minister. Moreover, these requests were made when he was a U.S. officer.
“It didn’t come out in the original hearings, but it did come out later, and he said it had been a joke, but he was asked three times,” York explained.
In a tweet posted Tuesday in response to York’s tweet, the president reiterated his long-maintained defense that his call with Zelensky had been “perfect.”
He further accused Vindman of knowing that the call was “perfect” and also slammed the “Super Patriot” for saying nothing about the official whistleblower’s complaint, which was later found to be riddled with factual inaccuracies.
No, Vindman knew the call itself to the Ukrainian President was “perfect”, but also knew the whistleblower report described the call incorrectly, way off. Why didn’t Vindman say so? That’s why Shifty didn’t want the whistleblower to testify. A big scam! https://t.co/6MuxU8dmZ4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2020
Despite these inaccuracies, congressional Democrats refused to allow the whistleblower to testify, thus preventing him from either explaining himself or telling them once and for all about whom he’d heard about the call from.
During his discussion Wednesday with Ingraham, York also touched on findings related to disgraced former FBI Director James Comey. These findings are also included in his book.
“During the transition, a number of people — Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Jeff Sessions — all advised Trump to fire Comey immediately upon taking office. Giuliani told me, ‘Every time we talked about Comey, I said the guy is going to turn on you. There’s something wrong with him,'” York explained.
“And Chris Christie said, ‘He’s a loose cannon, and if you keep him after you’re inaugurated, he’ll be your loose cannon.’ Why didn’t Trump fire him right then? Apparently he thought he could win Comey over.”
Unfortunately, he thought the same about Bob Woodward as well …
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