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Ex-GOP lawmaker Duffy: White House witness has 'affinity' for Ukraine

Former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyLobbying world CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Bottom line MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday questioned the patriotism of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and said the decorated Army officer has "an affinity" for Ukraine while Vindman testified as part of the impeachment inquiry.

"It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense,” Duffy, who was recently hired as a CNN contributor, said. 

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“I don't know that he's concerned about American policy ... We all have an affinity to our homeland, where we came from ... he has an affinity for the Ukraine," he continued.

Vindman and his family fled Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, in 1979 when he was three years old.

The Wisconsin Republican’s comments come in the wake of Vindman‘s opening statement being released on Monday evening. In it, he says he twice voiced concerns over President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE’s conversation with Ukraine's president during which Trump requested an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE and his son, Hunter Biden. 

Duffy’s criticisms echoed Trump’s swipe at Vindman on Twitter Tuesday morning. The president alleged the witness is a partisan looking to smear the administration.  

“Supposedly, according to the Corrupt Media, the Ukraine call ‘concerned’ today’s Never Trumper witness. Was he on the same call that I was? Can’t be possible! Please ask him to read the Transcript of the call. Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Cheney says she would not support Trump in 2024 Cheney raises .5M in first quarter MORE (Wyo.) blasted attacks on Vindman Tuesday, telling reporters she believes it’s “shameful” to question a decorated military official’s allegiance to the U.S.

“It really is shameful what the Democrats have been doing in terms of attempting to try to impeach a sitting president in the basement of the Capitol," she said at a press conference. "Now, I also want to say a word about something else that's been going on over the course of the last several hours and last night, which I think is also shameful."

“And that is questioning the patriotism, questioning the dedication to country of people like Mr. Vindman, Lt. Col. Vindman, who will be coming today, and others who have testified. I think that we need to show that we are better than that as a nation," Cheney added.