On Episode 37 of War Room: Impeachment, hosts Stephen K. Bannon, Jason Miller, and Raheem Kassam discuss a key moment in Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman’s public testimony relating to the whistleblower’s identity.
To Bannon, it looks like Vindman is “taking the fifth.”
Rep. Nunes: Mr. Vindman, you testified in your deposition that you did not know who the whistleblower was.
Colonel Vindman: I do not know who the whistleblower is. That is correct
Rep. Nunes: How is it possible for you to name these people and then out the whistleblower?
Colonel Vindman: Per the advice of my counsel I’ve been advised not to answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community.
Rep. Nunes: Are you aware that this is the intelligence community that is conducting an impeachment hearing?
Colonel Vindman: Of course I am.
Rep. Nunes: Wouldn’t the appropriate place for you to come to to testify would be the intelligence committee to testify about someone on the intelligence community.
Colonel Vindman: Ranking member, per the advice of my counsel and the instructions from the Chairman, I’ve been advised not to provide any specifics on who I’ve spoken to inside the intelligence community.
Kassam outlines “There are two things that just happened here.”
First, “What Devin Nunes has done in less than a minute is identify that Vindman, who goes in originally and says I don’t know who the whistleblower in his private opening statement, is there now saying that you’re not allowed to talk about this one particular individual. [Vindman] has been instructed by counsel and by the Chairman Schiff who also says he doesn’t know the whistleblower to talk about this one individual.”
He emphasizes: “ If you can’t talk about that one individual, then that one individual is your guy.”
Secondly, “He says he’s been instructed by the chairman. That’s witness tampering.”