Byron York has come out with a new book. It’s titled “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump’.” We thought that the whistleblower was the driving force behind the impeachment of President Trump, but apparently we were wrong. York has exposed the real culprit. It’s not a big surprise.
York has identified the person that pushed for impeachment from the beginning to the end. It was National Security Council’s Lt. Col. Alex Vindman. The whistleblower did not hear the call with Ukraine. He found out because Vindman told him. Vindman wanted impeachment but he didn’t want his fingerprints on it, so he found a stooge to take the heat.
Mollie Hemingway wrote:
“Rather than being a witness who independently supported the claims of the whistleblower, the National Security Council’s Lt. Col Alex Vindman was the driving force behind the entire operation, according to the book’s interviews with key figures in the impeachment probe and other evidence. The whistleblower’s information came directly from Vindman, investigators determined.”
Vindman recently resigned because he said the orange man was being mean to him. Trump had removed him from the national security council because he could not be trusted, but that’s understandable. The entire impeachment hearing and vote esd nothing but a farce. It was just another failed attempt in the conspiracy to depose Donald Trump.
A senior congressional aide also told York:
“For all intents and purposes, Vindman is the whistleblower here, but he was able to get somebody else to do his dirty work for him.”
Just before he left office Obama grew the number of members of the Security Council. In February President Trump trimmed the numbers way back but he mostly dropped Obama appointees. Vindman and his brother were two of the ones dropped.
Molly Hemingway wrote:
Vindman was the only person at the National Security Council (NSC) listening in on the infamous call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to be concerned by it. Vindman immediately began talking to his identical twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, who also worked at the NSC. The twins both complained to NSC Counsel John Eisenberg. Alex Vindman talked about it with his direct supervisor Tim Morrison, who was also on the call. He talked about it with another NSC lawyer, Michael Ellis.
Vindman testified that he talked to only two people outside the NSC. One was George Kent, a State Department official who dealt with Ukraine. He refused to say who the other person was. Both Vindman and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who led the impeachment proceedings, strenuously resisted any attempt by investigators to discuss who the other individual was, admitting only that it was a member of the “intelligence community,” the same nebulous descriptor used for the whistleblower.
Former National Security Director of Russia and European affairs Tim Morrison testified about Vindman. According to him both supervisors and colleagues were concerned about his lack of judgment. Several members of the NSC listened to the call with Ukraine. But Vindman was the only one who thought there was anything wrong with the call.
Morrison said fellow witness Fiona Hill and Deputy Senior Director for Europe John Erath both expressed those doubts. Maybe it wasn’t a lack of judgment but political activism instead. After all, he tried to get Trump impeached on bogus charges.
Morrison specified that he formed his own judgments about Vindman’s character:
They, Dr. Hill, Mr. Erath and others in the NSC raised concerns about Alex, those concerns were noted, I didn’t take them for face value. I treated them as representations of others. Morrison was on alert, but I formed my own judgments. I took no action because of the statements of someone else that I couldn’t independently validate.
“Among the discussions I had with Dr. Hill in the transition was our team, my team, its strengths, and its weaknesses. And Fiona and others had raised concerns about Alex’s judgment.”
Morrison said that Vindman often ignored the chain of command but that he picked that up from Fiona Hill. Morrison said that he did notice that Vindman had a lack of judgment.