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Politics Pentagon chief: No penalty for officer in impeachment probe

00:50  12 november  2019
00:50  12 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Democrats vow not to delay impeachment probe as witnesses ignore subpoenas

  Democrats vow not to delay impeachment probe as witnesses ignore subpoenas Four White House officials slated for closed door depositions on Monday did not show up on Capitol Hill."Today we have four additional subpoenas to add to the list of initial charge involving the president of the United States and his obstruction of our constitutional duties," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said to reporters as the committees released the first of more than a dozen depositions transcripts.

House Democrats on Monday expanded their impeachment inquiry with subpoenas to the Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget tied to the freezing Last week, however, the Pentagon 's chief legal officer requested that Defense Department agencies identify, preserve and collect any and all

Last week, however, the Pentagon 's chief legal officer requested that Defense Department agencies identify, preserve and collect any and all The aid was subsequently released by the Trump administration in September, but Democrats are now probing the reasons is was held up in the first

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper says an Army officer has no reason to fear retribution for testifying before Congress in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, center, leaves after reviewing his testimony from a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in the impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump's efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) © Provided by The Associated Press Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, center, leaves after reviewing his testimony from a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in the impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump's efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Esper was asked about potential retribution for Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman during a trip Monday to New York. The defense secretary said the Pentagon "has protections for whistleblowers" who report waste, fraud or abuse.

He says Vindman or any other whistleblower "shouldn't have any fear of retaliation," according to a transcript of the exchange released by online publication Defense One.

Vindman is a Ukraine specialist at the White House. He testified about concerns that Trump was delaying military aid to the Eastern European country while pressing the country to investigate his political rivals.

That allegation is now at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

SNL: Jon Hamm’s Bill Taylor Brings ‘Pizzazz’ to Impeachment Hearings .
NBC’s Saturday Night Live took a shot at NBC News in the first moments of its cold open sketch this week when a C-SPAN voiceover noted that “some people” felt the first impeachment hearings were “lacking in pizzazz.” With that in mind, the show presented a soap opera version of the proceedings called “Day of Our Impeachment.” And they found the perfect leading man in Jon Hamm, who took on the role of Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor. “I don’t just kiss and tell,” he declared. “I kiss and tell and I take notes.” The overly dramatic theatrics played out over Maria Yovanovich’s testimony and a new “bombshell revelation” from Taylor.

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