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

Former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyJuan Williams: Trump has nothing left but smears On The Money: Trump seeks to shift spotlight from impeachment to economy | Appropriators agree to Dec. 20 funding deadline | New study says tariffs threaten 1.5M jobs Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR 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 John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE’s conversation with Ukraine's president during which Trump requested an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers 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 CheneyGOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran 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.