ANALYSIS: Democrats have a Colonel Vindman problem

House Democrats conducted their impeachment interviews in secret, but Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman still emerged as star of the show.

Appearing at his Oct. 29 deposition in full dress uniform, the decorated Army officer, now a White House National Security Council Ukraine expert, was the first witness who had actually listened to the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the heart of the Democratic impeachment campaign.

Even though lawmakers were forbidden to discuss his testimony in public, Vindman’s leaked opening statement that “I did not think it was proper [for Trump] to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen” exploded on news reports.

Vindman has not yet been scheduled to appear before the Democrats’ public impeachment hearings. When that happens, he will undoubtedly again play a prominent role.

But there will be a difference. The public now has a transcript of Vindman’s deposition.

And those who have taken the trouble to read the 340-page document will have a different picture of Vindman’s testimony than the one presented in early media reports.

Yes, Vindman testified repeatedly that he “thought it was wrong” for Trump, speaking with Zelensky, to bring up the 2016 election and allegations of Ukraine-related corruption on the part of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

But the Vindman transcript also showed a witness whose testimony was filled with opinion, with impressions, who had little new to offer, who withheld important information from the committee, who was steeped in a bureaucracy that has often been hostile to the president, and whose lawyer, presumably with Vindman’s approval, expressed unmistakable disdain, verging on contempt, for members of Congress who asked inconvenient questions.

In short, Vindman’s testimony was not the slam-dunk hit Democrats portrayed it to be.

And that raises questions about how it will play when Vindman goes before the world in a public impeachment hearing.Here are four problems with the Vindman testimony:

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‘Pushing a coup’: Fellow soldiers slam Vindman for testifying in uniform

Some of Alexander Vindman’s fellow soldiers have blasted him for testifying in uniform during the House impeachment hearings, accusing him of politicizing the military by stating personal opinions that were highly critical of President Trump.

Vindman, 44, the National Security Council’s Ukraine director, was thrust into the political spotlight when he testified before Congress on Oct. 29 as one of the few people who listened in on a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

His appearance in uniform has been a point of contention. Military members detailed to the NSC typically wear suits but Vindman gave his testimony in uniform, and was lauded for having been awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded in Iraq, and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

“This is a bad look for him to be in uniform,” an active duty military officer stationed at the Pentagon told the Washington Examiner. “He makes it look like the Army is behind this. Like the Army is pushing a coup.”Another officer was concerned that Vindman’s testimony veered too much into personal assessment.

“I don’t care what he thinks, he’s entitled to his opinion,” the officer said. “But it’s an opinion and he should give it without the uniform.”A third officer said that Vindman’s weight indicated he would be unlikely to pass the Combat Fitness Test even though he had achieved a Ranger tab earlier in his career.

Matt Zeller, an Afghanistan veteran and fellow at the American Security Project, defended Vindman. “I think he’s a patriot, and how he’s been treated is an abomination,” Zeller told the Washington Examiner.

“All he is is a public servant doing his duty.”Vindman might have been required to wear his uniform, Zeller said, although where Army regulations come down on the issue is unclear.

The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command did not respond to questions from the Washington Examiner.H.R. McMaster, who was an active duty lieutenant general in the Army during his tenure as national security adviser, did not normally wear his uniform at the White House

.Military personnel such as Vindman detailed to the NSC operate within a unique system.

Unlike other troops who report to military commanders, military NSC staffers fall under directors within the NSC itself.

As a Ukraine expert, Vindman reports to civilian Andrew Peek, who replaced Tim Morrison as the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs after Morrison announced his departure last Wednesday, one day before he testified before the House impeachment proceeding.

Military detailees generally are assigned to a unit within the Department of Defense for administrative issues such as leave and pay. Performance reports, however, are handled by the individual’s boss on the NSC.Most NSC staffers are drawn from the military and various other government agencies.

They generally are recruited via word-of-mouth, another change from typical government agencies that are notorious for their long application processes.The Reagan administration’s NSC included Lt. Gen. Colin Powell and Lt. Col. Oliver North, .

Powell was national security adviser from 1987 to 1989 and went on to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State . North was on the NSC from 1981 to 1986 and testified in uniform during the Iran-Contra hearings.

Vindman returned to work after his testimony and is expected to stay on at the NSC until his appointment ends next summer.

Source: ‘Pushing a coup’: Fellow soldiers slam Vindman for testifying in uniform

It was obvious why he was wearing the uniform. His lawyers advised him to do so. It was supposed to give the impression Vindman is above reproach and his testimony would carry more weight;whether it did or not.

Vindman,like any citizen,is entitled to his opinion regarding the President’s foreign policy decisions. As a member of the NSC he can express those opinions to the President but he’s there to implement the President’s policies-not his-and if he can’t &  is having  a problem  with it then he serves the country better by resigning. Someone tell Adam Schiff the President is elected to implement his own policies. That is NOT an impeachable offense.

NBC Airing Exposé on Gavin’s Failure: Violent Homeless Assaulting Citizens ‘He Dumped a Bucket of Diarrhea on my Head’ 

The local NBC station is airing a “Streets of Shame” segment that is set to expose Gavin Newsom’s failures.The segment will show a different side of the homeless crisis. It’s not about “poor people” living on the streets…It’s about the poor productive citizens of California being viciously and ruthlessly attacked by these violent and deranged homeless people.Starting to Get Good: Report: Grab Your Popcorn: Tulsi Gabbard Just Unleashed Her Lawyers on Hillary ClintonIt’s gotten so bad in Calfornia that homeless men are walking up and down the streets punching citizens in the face and throwing them in front of cars.Can you imagine walking to work and getting a smelly fist in your face? Well, go to California and you might find out.ADVERTISEMENTA lot of these homeless people have a mental illness, or they’re strung out on drugs, or they’re just violent monsters hell-bent on hurting others.In one case a woman had a bucket of diarrhea dumped on her head by a homeless man.This is what Gavin Newsom has allowed to continue and grow while he’s busy supporting illegals and spreading the “climate change” cult.But the kicker is that Newsom is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to keep funding the homeless by building more shelters. How is that going to solve the issue? More people will come once the word spreads about all the new shelters – why wouldn’t they come in droves? They can live free and mooch off the system.Newsom campaigned on fixing the homeless crisis, which is ironic since he was the mayor of San Francisco, where the homeless epidemic is at peak crisis.

Source: NBC Airing Exposé on Gavin’s Failure: Violent Homeless Assaulting Citizens ‘He Dumped a Bucket of Diarrhea on my Head’ 

Meet 5 Young Black Leaders Who Fight for Conservative Values

If you’re black, you aren’t supposed to be a conservative.At least that’s what many African Americans say they’ve been told when they express support for President Donald Trump or reject left-wing talking points

 

.But at the recent Young Black Leadership Summit in the East Room of the White House, President Donald Trump gave more than 400 attendees a space to connect with like-minded peers and exchange battle stories about their experiences.

 

“Each of you has come to Washington for the Black Leadership Summit because you have what it takes to achieve real change on your campuses and in your communities,” Trump said in opening remarks at the Oct. 4 summit.

“And to every young person: You represent America’s future. You are the best and the brightest, the bravest and boldest.

”Organized by Turning Point USA, the second annual Young Black Leadership Summit aimed to build a groundswell of support for conservative ideas within black communities across America.

 

Hosting attendees from 16 to 37 years old, Turning Point USA sponsored several young leaders, paying for their transportation, lodging, and meals so that they would be able to attend.

 

The Daily Signal spoke with five young people who attended the summit about what it means to be black and a conservative and going against the current in a world obsessed with conformity.

 

‘We All Have One Mission’For Charrise Lane, 20, the summit offered a chance to meet other conservatives and hear from speakers celebrating the role African Americans have played throughout U.S. history.

 

“The ideology of conservatism brings everyone together,” Lane, of Orlando, Florida, says. “We all have one mission: to have people start embracing being pro-America, and being pro-God, and being pro-family.”

Source: Meet 5 Young Black Leaders Who Fight for Conservative Values

UH-OH… Dems Went All-In on Schiff Impeachment and Now It’s Quickly Turning Into a Schiff Show – Unconstitutional, No Crimes, With Only Far-Left Democrat Support

Uh-Oh – The Democrats are in real big trouble.  Pelosi and gang went all-in on the Schifty Schiff and his rouge impeachment inquiry and it is quickly turning into a Schiff show.There are no crimes that President Trump has committed that would lead to  an impeachment inquiry and so lying Schiff keeps moving the goal posts.  But most importantly, only far-left Democrats are in favor of impeachment.You just can’t break the truth.  No matter how far you may bend it, it is always the truth.  The Democrats are learning this lesson again and it is going to be really ugly this time and it should.

Source: UH-OH… Dems Went All-In on Schiff Impeachment and Now It’s Quickly Turning Into a Schiff Show – Unconstitutional, No Crimes, With Only Far-Left Democrat Support

Former CIA Directors Admit to Deep State Coup to Remove President Trump | TruNews | Arlin Report

John McLaughlin and John Brennan celebrated the CIA whistleblower—who is now reportedly getting cold feet.Former CIA directors John McLaughlin and John Brennan have openly admitted this week that the Deep State is working overtime to remove President Trump from office.Speaking at a National Press Club panel hosted by the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, Mr. Brennan applauded the CIA whistleblower and suggested others within the intelligence community were going to come forward:“The reason why Mr. Trump has this very contentious relationship with CIA and FBI and the deep state people is because they tell the truth. Because they cannot be manipulated like clay in his hands. Because they will stand up and speak out when things are wrong.“And they will tell him what the truth is. And the truth he fears because he has lived on anything but the truth, not just…

Source: Former CIA Directors Admit to Deep State Coup to Remove President Trump | TruNews | Arlin Report