Trump Jr. attacks Vindman: 'Total absolution if you are a leftist veteran'

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. blasts Time for choosing 'marketing gimmick' Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year White House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE on Wednesday sharply attacked a witness in the House's impeachment inquiry into his father, President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE, accusing Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman of being a "leftist" who Democrats have tried to portray as "beyond reproach."

In an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday morning, the president's eldest son lashed out at Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient and Iraq War veteran, accusing him without evidence of harboring left-wing political views.

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“They do the usual thing, they bring in another guy that they believe is beyond reproach. Like they did with Mueller,” Trump Jr. said, referring to former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE, another decorated veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

“It was a joke. So now they’ll do it with this guy. …Now it turns out he’s talking to the Ukraine or he wanted to edit [the] transcript," Trump Jr. continued.

He added later: “You only get total absolution if you are a leftist veteran. Not a veteran, just a leftist. If you’re on their side, you can do no wrong.”

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade cut in, reminding Trump Jr.: “But we don’t know if he’s a leftist."

“Oh yeah, of course. Sure," Trump Jr. responded.

The remarks represented the latest round of attacks from allies of President Trump against witnesses in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

Vindman serves as the top Ukraine expert on the White House National Security Council, though the president himself has sought to dismiss him the past two days, calling him a "Never Trumper" on Twitter.

Allies of the president have also questioned on cable shows whether the U.S. Army veteran was secretly loyal to his home country of Ukraine, which he left at age 3.

Several Republicans lawmakers have forcefully pushed back on attempts to question the U.S. official's intentions or attempt to discredit him.

Vindman told House investigators on Tuesday that parts of a readout of Trump's call with Ukraine's president, which has become the center of Democrats' impeachment investigation, was edited to remove key phrases from the conversation.

The first official who witnessed the call first hand to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry, Vindman told lawmakers he was troubled by Trump urging the Ukrainian president to investigate a political rival and said he reported it to his supervisor.