National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman shut down Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) attempt to question his judgment and service to his country by reading aloud a recent employment evaluation describing him as “brilliant.”
During Tuesday’s impeachment hearings, Jordan quoted previous testimony from NSC official Tim Morrison, who said he “had concerns about Lt. Col. Vindman’s judgment” and believed he may have leaked info to the press.
“Your former boss, Dr. [Fiona] Hill, had concerns about your judgment,” Jordan added.
“Your colleagues had concerns about your judgment and your colleagues felt that there were times when you leaked information. Any idea why they have those impressions, Colonel Vindman?” he asked.
Vindman responded by reading from his last performance evaluation that Hill had given him, dated this past July.
“Alex is a top 1% military officer and the best Army officer I have worked with in my 15 years of government service,” Vindman read from the document.
“‘He is brilliant, unflappable, and exercises excellent judgment’—I’m sorry—‘Was exemplary during numerous visits,’ so forth and so on. I think you get the idea,” he added.
Addressing Morrison’s remarks, Vindman noted that they had only recently started working together and that Morrison hadn’t been there very long and it could have been a clash of cultures.
Jordan quickly moved on to asking Vindman if he ever leaked information, something Vindman denied.
“You never leaked information?” Jordan asked Vindman.
“I never did. I never would. That is preposterous that I would do that,” Vindman replied.