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Vindman Reminds Nunes of His Rank

Also, Army may move him and family to military base for protection
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2019 10:40 AM CST
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National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – The Army is looking into the possibility of moving impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his family onto a military base to make sure they're safe, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Ukraine native, who's testifying Tuesday, has been the subject of much online vilification from supporters of President Trump, who has personally denounced Vindman as a "Never Trumper." (Vindman has described the president's July call with Ukraine's leader as troubling.) The Army assessed Vindman's security situation at his request and apparently hasn't made a final decision on whether the family should be moved. "The Army will make sure he's safe, and the Army is actively supporting any safety needs as deemed necessary," an official tells the newspaper.

"It's hard that he has been catapulted into the public eye," the official adds. "He served his country honorably for 20 years, and you can imagine this is a tough situation for him and his family." During Tuesday's testimony, Vindman called the attacks on witnesses' characters "reprehensible," and he also pointedly reminded GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of his military status. When Nunes addressed him as "Mr. Vindman," he replied, "Ranking member, it's Lt. Col. Vindman, please," reports CBS News. See the clip. (Read more on Tuesday's hearings.)

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