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McConnell doesn't join attacks against Vindman, key impeachment witness

McConnell doesn't join attacks against Vindman, key impeachment witness
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Biden puts 9/11 era in rear view Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday declined to join in on the attacks waged by President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE and some of his allies against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key impeachment witness.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that he will not question the patriotism of Vindman, a Ukrainian American immigrant who told House investigators that he was “worried” by Trump’s effort to press Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate 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

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“I’m not going to question the patriotism of any of the people who are coming forward,” McConnell said.

“The action is in the House now. We’ll see whether they can ... meet the due process standards, fundamental due process standards, and then see what they do,” he added. “I think the vote that they’re now going to have to open the impeachment inquiry is going to be very interesting.” 

One of Trump’s allies, 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 suggested Vindman, a National Security Council official, may have a greater sense of allegiance to Ukraine.

“We all have an affinity to our homeland, where we came from. Like me, I’m sure that Vindman has the same affinity,” Duffy said on CNN.

“He has an affinity, I think, for the Ukraine. He speaks Ukrainian, he came from the country, and he wants to make sure they’re safe and free. I understand that,” he said.

Trump on Tuesday dismissed Vindman as a Never Trumper.

“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 Tuesday morning. 

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney, Sinema teaming up on proposal to raise minimum wage Family policy that could appeal to the right and the left Press: Corporate America defies the GOP MORE (R-Utah), one of Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics in the Senate, called the attacks on Vindman “absurd” and “disgusting.”

“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 Vindman.