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CNN’s Sean Duffy smears impeachment witness Vindman — and suggests he has dual loyalty to Ukraine

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the director of European affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), is set to testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about his objections to President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

As such, the president’s defenders are rushing to launch a smear campaign against him by claiming without evidence that he has some kind of dual loyalty to the Ukrainian government.

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Hours after Fox News host Laura Ingraham accused the Ukrainian-born Vindman of being a double agent, former GOP Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) went on CNN to question his loyalty to the United States.

During an interview with host John Berman, Duffy argued that Vindman might not be the most trustworthy witness because he was born in Ukraine before his family moved to the United States when he was three years old.

Duffy said this made him wonder if Vindman really had America’s best interests at heart.

“It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense,” Duffy said. “I don’t know that he’s concerned about American policy… we all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from… he has an affinity for the Ukraine.”

Berman at this point grew incredulous.

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“I’m sorry, are you saying that you would put Irish defense over U.S. defense?” he asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why Trump’s quick trip to Walter Reed raises more questions

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President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed over the weekend, claiming that nothing was wrong, but CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explained it wasn't a typical routine medical exam done every year for presidents.

Speaking Sunday, Dr. Gupta explained that medical issues are typically done by doctors on duty at the White House, and there isn't a need to go to the hospital.

"No question, this sounds a bit unusual," he said. "I mean typically even with this White House, we've gotten plenty of notice in the past that the president was going to be getting a physical exam, that it was going to take place at Walter Reed, which, it has in the past. Everyone institution-wide received noticed, and it doesn't seem like that happened in this case."

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Mike Pence distances himself from his own top adviser after she refuses to lie for Trump

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Vice President Mike Pence's top adviser, Jennifer Williams, seems to be enduring retaliation from her employers after cooperating with subpoenas from the House impeachment inquiry this week. Williams spoke to the committee behind closed doors, and her testimony has was released Saturday.

President Donald Trump attacked her as a "Never Trumper" on Twitter Sunday, despite her work for the Trump adminsitration.

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GOP lawmaker goes on extended rant about Schiff to duck Tapper questions about Trump intimidating witnesses

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On Sunday morning House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) attempted to blow off questions by CNN's Jake Tapper over whether President Donald Trump was trying to intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch with a tweet during her testimony, choosing instead to attack committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for wanting to impeach the president.

Following a long interview where the State of the Union host had to correct the Ohio Republican's assertions multiple times -- with Tapper once flatly stating "That's not true" -- the CNN host asked about Trump's tweets that were immediately characterized as witness intimidation.

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