New York Times Ripped for Spreading Fake News About Actions of Democrats’ Star Witness Alexander Vindman

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (C), National Security Council Director for European Affairs, arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the third day of open …
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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), as well as a number of users on Twitter, ripped the New York Times on Tuesday for spreading fake news regarding the actions of the Democrats’ star impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

“Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman became so concerned during a July 25 phone call in which President Trump asked Ukraine’s president for help with political investigations that he reported his alarm to a superior,” the New York Times tweeted on Tuesday. “Here’s what to know”:

However, the Times’ summary is grossly inaccurate, as Vindman “never raised his concerns with his immediate supervisor,” as Breitbart News reported:

Vindman never raised his concerns with his immediate supervisor. He also contradicted the commander-in-chief: while Trump had made a request of the Ukrainian president, Vindman admitted — proudly, it seems — that he had advised the Ukrainians to ignore it as an unwelcome intrusion into U.S. politics. Vindman also admitted he did no research of his own on Burisma to find out what Trump and Zelensky might have been talking about, and whether Trump’s concerns might have had merit (indeed, the issue had been flagged by concerned officials even during the Obama administration).

Zeldin responded to the Times’ tweet, noting its lack of accuracy.

“This Tweet from @nytpolitics is just not accurate,” he wrote. “Actually LTC Vindman didn’t state his concerns about the 7/25 call to his superior Tim Morrison or anyone up the Vindman/Morrison Chain of Command.”

“Although it does appear one of the people Vindman spoke to was the whistleblower,” he added:

Many Twitter users also ripped the Times over its inaccurate assessment.

“Not according to his testimony, will you correct??” one user asked. “JK I know you won’t.”

“His story keeps changing. An honorable news outlet would notice that,” another added.

“He didn’t. His superior testified that Vindman did not follow chain of command and did not notify him,” one noted.

“That’s not even mildly true. His own superior testified that was false. At least try to follow along,” another remarked.

Former National Security Council official Tim Morrison, who is expected to appear before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday afternoon and previously testified that nothing improper occurred on the July 25 phone call, has “cast doubt on the credibility of testimony by Lt. Col Alexander Vindman” and questioned his judgment, as extensively detailed by Breitbart News:

Morrison contradicted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Democrats’ star witness in the closed-door hearings, who reported to Morrison directly. Morrison testified that while he admired his subordinate’s patriotism, he was irritated that Vindman failed to report concerns about the call directly to him. He said Vindman never raised concerns that something illegal had happened. He also said he accepted all of Vindman’s proposed edits to the call record, contrary to Vindman’s testimony. And while he did not think that Vindman was a leaker, he testified: “I had concerns that he did not exercise appropriate judgment as to whom he would say what.” He said that Vindman’s sloppy practices were partly the result of his own predecessor at the NSC, Dr. Fiona Hill — another one of the Democrats’ star witnesses, who, like Morrison, is due to testify publicly this week.


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