U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representing Tennessee, said Friday she stands by a controversial tweet she made about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.
Blackburn made her remarks to Shannon Bream on FOX News @ Night.
In a tweet Friday, Blackburn said “Vindictive Vindman is the ‘whistleblower’s’ handler.”
Vindictive Vindman is the “whistleblower’s” handler.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) November 22, 2019
“I do stand by the tweet. Shannon, what we have is someone who defied his chain of command, and his direct supervisor said he had a problem with judgment. He had a problem with the chain of command. And he had a problem — Vindman had a problem with the president. The president wasn’t taking his advice. He didn’t like that. And he wanted the president to take his advice. And so what did he do? He defied that chain of command. He talked to somebody in the Intel community. He then would not answer that question when he was asked if he had given this information to someone who was the whistleblower. And, of course, this is something that should cause everybody concern. Look, you honor someone for their service to the country, and certainly, we honor the service that he gave to the country,” Blackburn said.
“But, Shannon, I got to tell you, when you are defying your chain of command, when your direct supervisor says you have a problem with judgment and a problem with defying that chain of command, and you are going after not just a colleague, you are going after the commander-in-chief. And it is over a policy disagreement. And then look at where we find ourselves. Here with this whistleblower report. And with this impeachment, and this has gone on, and everybody has said there is nothing that rises to the level of impeachment or bribery or extortion. The American people are tired of this. And they want to get the facts. They want to get this over with. They want to hear the Horowitz report.”
As reported last week, Blackburn had direct words for how Schiff treated Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing New York’s 21st Congressional District, during the impeachment proceedings.
Blackburn also said the Democrats’ narrative on Trump’s alleged wrongdoing is always changing, so much so they have had to “flip the narrative.”
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