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 VindmanHouse wants documents on McEntee's security clearances Trump says he wants officials who are 'loyal to our country' Trump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: report MORE, suggesting he may have been involved in leaking information to the whistleblower whose complaint prompted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 SondlandHouse wants documents on McEntee's security clearances Trump says he wants officials who are 'loyal to our country' Former US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report MORE Friday, pointing out that ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the president.

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