Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, attacked Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) during the Thursday evening session of the impeachment trial.
Blackburn, who was supposed to be listening to the case on the Senate floor, instead, left to tweet attacks on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and others who criticized her for not paying attention to the trial.
Vindman’s commanding officer, Army Lt. Col. Jim Hickman: “Do not let the uniform fool you. He is a political activist in uniform.”— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@Sen. Marsha Blackburn) 1579827694.0
Adam Schiff is hailing Alexander Vindman as an American patriot. How patriotic is it to badmouth and ridicule ou… https://t.co/GHjTbWWwC8— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@Sen. Marsha Blackburn) 1579813578.0
It makes sense that Alexander Vindman leaked the July 25th phone call to his friend (aka the “whistleblower”). Th… https://t.co/cB4s7NdhoK— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@Sen. Marsha Blackburn) 1579820857.0
Alexander Vindman broke the chain of command and leaked the contents of the President’s July 25th phone call to his… https://t.co/loBlSpXFbw— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@Sen. Marsha Blackburn) 1579814188.0
It prompted the former ambassador to take to Twitter himself, with a defense of Vindman.
"I served with Lt. Col. Vindman in Russia, where he served with honor and great distinction," said McFaul. "His commanding officer completely agrees with me. Please provide evidence to back up your claim. Otherwise, stop slandering a US soldier serving our great nation."
Senator @MarshaBlackburn, I served with Lt. Col. Vindman in Russia, where he served with honor and great distinctio… https://t.co/EsNA9C1FNi— Michael McFaul (@Michael McFaul) 1579828225.0
Blackburn has never served in the armed forces, nor have her children, though she often says that the American troops should be respected and supported.