President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to threaten to expose information on a decorated Iraq War veteran who testified last week that the president omitted certain keywords and phrases from the White House’s memo of the Ukraine phone call at the center of an impeachment inquiry, reports The Daily Beast.
While speaking to reporters outside the White House, the president spewed unfounded claims that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is a “Never Trumper.”
The National Security Council official reportedly testified that he was instructed by White House counsel John Eisenberg to keep quiet about the call after voicing his concerns.
“It’s a whole scam… it’s between the Democrats and the fake news media,” Trump said of the inquiry.
When asked if he had any evidence of his baseless claim that Vindman is a “Never Trumper,” the president responded: “We’ll be showing that to you real soon.”
This is the president of the United States trying to intimidate a witness to his abuse of power. There’s no alternative universe where something like this is appropriate https://t.co/hwPxTaUv7q
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) November 3, 2019
Trump also wouldn’t rule out shutting down the government to hinder the House impeachment probe, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had raised as a “worrisome” possibility last week.
“It depends on what the negotiations are,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t commit to anything. It depends on what the negotiations are.”
Trump won't commit to not shutting the government to stymie the impeachment probe: "I wouldn't commit to anything." pic.twitter.com/vStTcDYVQI
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) November 3, 2019