I watched all of the hearings and did not notice this disconnect.
Reminder that Roger Stone was just convicted on 7 counts of federal crimes related to the Russia investigation.
So the media is awful except when it reports things Nunes likes. Got it.
Schiff: Did President Trump mention corrupt in the April 21 call?
Vindman: To the best of my recollection he did not.
Vindman says it might not have been entirely clear in the moment but that as things developed it became clear.
Another reminder that this is not just US drama -- this hearing is going to have impact around the world.
Nunes walking through same questions with Vindman. He responds "I did not" to every question.
Vindman says yes in terms of preparation but was stored in a different system
Williams said the call was not part of the trip briefing books.
Williams says the more immediate issue at hand was the hold on security assistance.
Vindman: "in terms of burden-sharing, the EU has provided over $15 billion"
Vindman "I guess I couldn't point to specific investigations but there is what I would call a pattern of questionable dealings and questions about corruption"
Vindman doesn't think Hunter Biden is qualified but doesn't know.
talking about Sondland meeting with Ukrainians after the photo
I'm exceptionally uncomfortable with Castor's questions here, but Vindman seems to think they're so silly that it's entertaining to him.
Vindman says after he discussed it with them, he doesn't recall subsequent conversations
Vindman: "frankly, it's more important about what my American chain of command thinks"
Taking a 5-10 minute break (which means at least 15)
Vindman has not.
Vindman: I'll start by reading Dr. Hill's own words as she attested to in my last evaluation. 'Alex is a top military officer...brilliant, unflappable, exercises excellent judgment.'
Vindman "I never did [leak information], never would, it is preposterous that I would do that"
Schiff: "Mr. Jordan, this is your time to question the witness."
Vindman: I would call myself a Never Partisan.
Vindman: "I understood that to mean both his public commentary...as well as his direct overtures to the gov't of Ukraine, directly and through proxies."
Vindman: basically "if you have any other concerns, feel free to come back"
Rep. Wenstrup criticizes Vindman for going to Eisenberg instead of Morrison.
Williams: "I'm not in a position to speculate."
Lt. Col. Vindman: Congressman, the Ukrainian judiciary is imperfect at the moment, and the reliance on US support could conceivably cause them to tip the scales of justice in favor of finding the US citizen guilty if they thought they needed to...
Williams: I ensured that the information was available to my superiors.
Lt. Col. Vindman says "no, I fortunately suffered light wounds compared to" others in the vehicle. "I continued to serve in combat for the remaining 10-11 months of the tour."
Lt. Col. Vindman shifts uncomfortably in his chair. The split screen of these two is really something.
Lt. Col. Vindman: yes, and 100 died.
Schiff reads a statement complimenting Vindman's excellence from the former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.