Vindman was asked by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) to reread the part of his opening statement where he told his father not to worry about him. The congressman then asked Vindman why his father might be worried.
“He’s deeply worried about it because in his context (in the Soviet Union) it was the ultimate risk,” Vindman said.
Maloney then asked him how he could be confident in telling his father not to worry about raising alarms about Trump’s conduct
“Congressman, because this is America,” he said.
“This is the country I’ve served and defended,” he added. “That all my brothers have served. And here, right matters.”
Spontaneous applause broke out in the hearing room.
Round of applause in the room as Lt. Col. Vindman explains why he's confident in his decision to come forward, despite the risks.
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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D., Ill.), himself an immigrant, choked up during his questioning time after watching Republican lawmakers attack Vindman during the hearing.
“I came to this country when I was three months old,” Krishnamoorthi said. “Your family fled the Soviet Union and moved to America when you were just 3 1/2 years old.”
“Your father achieved the American dream, and so did you and your family,” he added. “From one immigrant American to another immigrant American, I want to say to you that you and your family represent the very best of America. I assume that you are as proud to be an American as I am.”