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Romney: Vindman attacks 'absurd, disgusting'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election Biden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Pope Francis expresses support for same-sex unions MORE (R-Utah) hit back on Tuesday against attacks on an Army officer and key White House official testifying as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

“It’s absurd, disgusting, and way off the mark. This is a decorated American soldier and he should be given the respect that his service to our country demands,” Romney told reporters when asked about criticism of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official.

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Trump railed against Vindman on Tuesday and questioned his credibility, including calling him a "Never Trumper witness."

"Supposedly, according to the Corrupt Media, the Ukraine call 'concerned' today’s Never Trumper witness," Trump tweeted. "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!"

Vindman is testifying behind closed doors as part of the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. He's expected to tell the three committees that he raised concerns more than once about Trump and other officials pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch two politically motivated investigations that would benefit Trump, according to a copy of his opening remarks.

Vindman arrived in the U.S. as a refugee from Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, at the age of 3 and received the Purple Heart for his service in Iraq.

He's the latest witness in a series of near-daily closed-door depositions with current and former officials as the House looks into Trump asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE and his son Hunter Biden, as well as whether Trump predicated aid to the country opening up a probe.

The public criticism of Vindman sparked bipartisan backlash on Tuesday.

"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," Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Steve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (R-Wyo.) told reporters without specifying whom she was responding to.

Biden called Trump's remarks 'despicable," while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (D-Calif.) said he was a "disgrace."