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Ukraine whistleblower's lawyers say client's identity no longer relevant
The lawyers who represent the whistleblower who first came forward with allegations about President Trump's contacts with Ukraine are arguing that the identity of their client is no longer relevant now that more information about the complaint has publicly come to light. Lawyers Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post that witnesses interviewed by House Democrats have "substantiated" theLawyers Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post that witnesses interviewed by House Democrats have "substantiated" the whistleblower complaint that raised concerns about Trump pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an i
As President Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks onhas continued to report to work, CNN has learned.
Behind closed doors, Vindman testified before House impeachment investigators for more than 10 hours last week. He was the first witness who listened to the July call with the leader of Ukraine to go under oath., reported those concerns to the top National Security Council lawyer within hours and also said some of the changes he tried to make to the since-published transcript were left out, though he didn't say why.
Diplomat offers details on ouster of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
During testimony in the impeachment inquiry, Phillip Reeker corroborated what others have said, sources said Saturday.Yovanovitch, a well-respected expert on Ukraine, has said that she was fired by the direction of President Donald Trump at the recommendation of Rudy Giuliani.
Since his appearance, Trump has attempted to sow doubt about Vindman's political ties, calling him a "Never Trumper witness" and implying more information would be revealed about him in the coming days.
"Well, you'll be seeing very soon what comes out and then you can ask the question in a different way," Trump said Sunday without elaborating.
He has declined to provide any evidence to back up his claims and the White House has not responded to a request for comment.
Despite the attacks, Vindman has been seen in his office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House every day since he testified. The other National Security Council official who testified, Tim Morrison, announced last week that he would leave the administration in the coming days.
'A very honest person': Trump defends Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine
President Trump is defending personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as concern grows that the former New York mayor’s meddling in Ukraine is lending credibility to the Democratic impeachment effort. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.“I think Rudy is a corruption fighter. I think he viewed Ukraine as a very corrupt place,” Trump said Thursday during a wide-ranging Oval Office interview with Washington Examiner reporters and editors, just hours after the House voted to formalize impeachment proceedings.
After Vindman testified, several of the President's allies came under fire for implying he was loyal to Ukraine, where he was born but left for the United States when he was three. Vindman is an Army officer who awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, and he still carries shrapnel from the attack in his body.
In recent days, Trump has also escalated his attacks on the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry, implying the person is politically motivated and urging reporters to disclose their identity. Trump asserted Monday that the offer for the unnamed individual to submit written answers to Republican lawmakers -- which the person's attorney offered over the weekend -- would not be sufficient.
"The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff," Trump tweeted. "He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable! Where is the 2nd Whistleblower? He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!"
The President had a different view on written answers when he submitted his own to the former special counsel Robert Mueller as he was conducting his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump refused to sit for an interview with Mueller and only answered questions about his actions before he took office.
Trump's attempts to undermine the whistleblower's credibility come as House investigators have spoken to roughly a dozen witnesses about his efforts to pressure the government of Ukraine.
The System Was Blinking Red .
The first day of impeachment hearings showed Trump’s improper bullying of Ukraine setting off alarms throughout the government.George Tenet, the former CIA director, told the 9/11 Commission that, given the stream of intelligence warnings about potential terrorist attacks against the United States before 9/11, “the system was blinking red.” Those words reflected just how widespread the concern was across the U.S. government that something bad was unfolding—in that case, a terrorist attack. It turns out that in the summer of 2019, the system was again blinking red.
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