Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, was questioning Vindman during his Tuesday testimony in the impeachment inquiry and referred to the Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council (NSC) as “Mr. Vindman.”
“Ranking member, it’s Lt. Col. Vindman, please,” he responded.
Rep. Devin Nunes: “Mr. Vindman, you testified in your deposition that you did not know the whistleblower.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 19, 2019
The moment went viral on Twitter and more than 20,000 tweets with the hashtag knocking Nunes quickly spread.
— IAmCash (@Cashidah) November 19, 2019
Raise your boy to be a Vindman, not a Nunes.#DevinNunesIsAnIdiot
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) November 19, 2019
Watching Devins opening statement with my 70 year old Republican father my dad looks at me and says “Trumps in trouble if this brain dead fool is his defender” #DevinNunesIsAnIdiot Me being like whaaaa go dad! pic.twitter.com/QVbbBhGUYY
— Willy (@CHEF_BIGWILLY) November 19, 2019
— Jessie Linn Norman (@JessieLnorman) November 19, 2019
Vindman, during Nunes’s questioning, said he had had discussions about Ukraine with two officials, one being senior State Department official George Kent, who were “properly cleared individuals with a need to know” such information.
Nunes attempted to probe more about the other individual, an unidentified member of the intelligence community. However, Vindman said that he was advised by his lawyer not to discuss specific members of the intelligence community.
“You can plead the Fifth but you’re here to answer questions and you’re here under subpoena,” Nunes said. “So you can either answer the question or you can plead the Fifth.
Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) interjected and said the whistleblower has a “statutory right to anonymity.”
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) November 19, 2019
Vindman is testifying with Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence.
Vindman and Williams are among the officials who listened in on the July 25 phone call in which Trump allegedly pressed Ukraine’s leader to open two politically-motivated investigations, including one into 2020 rival and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.