Graham backs Vindman firing: 'People in his chain of command have been suspicious of him regarding his political point of view'

Graham backs Vindman firing: 'People in his chain of command have been suspicious of him regarding his political point of view'
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Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) defended the firing of National Security Council (NSC) Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Flynn makes bizarre remark about AR-15: 'Maybe I'll find somebody in Washington, D.C.' Vindman says he doesn't regret testimony against Trump MORE, suggesting he may have been involved in leaking information to the whistleblower whose complaint prompted President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE’s impeachment.

“I think his reassignment was justified, I don’t think he could be effective at the NSC,” Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.  “What have I learned in the last two years? CIA agents, Justice Department lawyers, FBI agents have a political agenda and they acted on it, as did Col. Vindman.”

“He was not allowed to be asked questions about his connections to the alleged whistleblower,” Graham added, with host Margaret Brennan pointing out that Vindman was asked and denied any such connections.

Graham also said people in Vindman's "chain of command have been suspicious of him regarding his political point of view.”

Brennan countered that White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien recently said he was satisfied there were no leaks within the NSC.

“Well, I am not,” Graham responded, saying he appreciated Vindman's service, but comparing him to the intelligence officials who “took the law into their own hands.”

“I don’t know what role he played with the whistleblower, if any, but we’re going to look,” Graham continued.

Graham also defended the recall of Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden to mark Tuesday anniversary of George Floyd's death Trump impeachment witness suing Pompeo, State over legal fees America's practice of 'pay-to-play' ambassadors is no joke MORE Friday, pointing out that ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the president.

Both Vindman and Sondland testified in the impeachment proceedings against Trump.