Tuesday morning, an Iraq veteran turned Ukrainian expert is testifying in the impeachment inquiry against the president, and The Donald was raging about it on Twitter before the sun even rose, so that tells you that Republicans are terrified of what Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman will say when he is finally able to speak today.
As the Vindman hearing was just getting under way moments ago, an arrogant GOP’r tried to crash it. Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) is now the joke of the nation after his ill-fated attempt to assert his white manhood to gain access to a private hearing that he was not invited to.
Mooney tweeted this about his attempt:
Today I was once again denied the opportunity to attend the secret so-called impeachment hearings. I will continue to fight on behalf my constituents and expose this sham process and stand with President Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/TJ2uMO3fHj
— Rep. Alex Mooney (@RepAlexMooney) October 29, 2019
It didn’t take long before Mooney was literally being mocked by everyone on Twitter, and there’s literally no one to blame but himself. Can you imagine the amount of arrogance you must have to think that you should be granted access to a closed-door hearing simply because you work for the Republican Party?
It’s scary stupid, right?
The comments Mooney got on his tweet were out of this world. We saved the best ones for you below:
As we reported this morning: The NY Times has obtained a portion of that testimony by Army Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman. Vindman is a war hero who now works as a national security official in the Trump Administration.
As a top member of the National Security Council, Vindman twice reported the president’s behavior to his supervisor in what he felt was his “duty” to the country.
According to The Times:
He will be the first White House official to testify who listened in on the July 25 telephone call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry, in which Mr. Trump asked Mr. Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The following is from the statement Vindman plans to read Tuesday morning:
“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”
“This would all undermine U.S. national security.”
“I am a patriot. and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country irrespective of party or politics.”
Thank you for your service, sir.
Diplomat Phillip Reeker testified two days ago, and what he corroborated is another reason Trump is so on edge.
Reeker is a long-time foreign diplomat highly trusted by those who have worked with him. President Trump, however, will do anything he can to convince you that Reeker is an operative for Democrats after this morning’s testimony is revealed.
That may not happen for a while, however, since Reeker’s, as well as the testimony of many others, has taken place behind closed-door hearings, shut off from the public. This is an effort to stop witnesses from lining up their stories before they testify.
Republicans are calling this a witch hunt, but it’s not even the first time closed-door hearings have taken place.
Reeker arrived early Saturday morning:
State dept aide Philip Reeker has arrived to testify in impeachment inquiry. He is under subpoena pic.twitter.com/x5oUgR6zB9
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) October 26, 2019
According to AJC:
“Reeker, the acting assistant secretary in charge of European and Eurasian affairs, oversaw officials who dealt directly with Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine matters.”
The report continues:
“While no bombshell news is expected, Reeker is may provide information about an alleged effort to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.”
While no bombshells are expected, Reeker’s testimony will serve as corroboration of testimonies that have already taken place.