Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday backed the firing of National Security Council Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — and suggested he may have had a role in leaking information to a whistleblower whose complaint triggered President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Graham said he didn’t believe Vindman “could be effective at the NSC. “
“As much as I support our military people telling the truth when asked, it''s important they do, what have I learned in the last two years? CIA agents, Department of State, Department of Justice lawyers, FBI agents have a political agenda and they acted on it,” Graham said. “And we found that out through the FISA investigation.”
“As to Colonel Vindman, who was not allowed to be asked questions about his connection to the alleged whistleblower…. he's never been asked questions did you leak to the whistleblower ,” he said. “People in his chain of command have been suspicious of him regarding his political point of view.”
Graham said he wants Vindman asked what he did with information he learned, asserting “there has been a movement since President Trump was elected by people in our government” to undermine him.
“As to Colonel Vindman, thank you for your service. But I'm going to- hopefully somebody will ask questions of you about the role you play with the whistleblower, if any,” he said. “And if there's nothing there, fine.”
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