NBC Looks to Key Impeachment ‘Never Trumper’ to Sway Viewers

Nicholas Fondacaro | September 14, 2020
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Praising him as the “key witness in the impeachment of President Trump last year” during Monday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt flaunted his exclusive interview with admitted “Never Trumper,” now-retired Lieutenant Cornel Alexander Vindman. And the admitted point of the interview, according to Vindman, was to “persuade [people] to choose an alternative to what we have, an alternative to four more years of disaster.”

As the video portion of the segment began, Holt’s voiceover again lauded his subject as the “star witness for House Democrats in their impeachment hearings.” And without any sort of serious rebuttal, Holt gave Vindman the floor to re-litigate the impeachment of President Trump:

HOLT: It all stemmed from that July 2019 phone call. Vindman was listening in to the conversation between President Trump and Ukraine's President, in which Mr. Trump asked Ukraine to investigate the business dealings of Joe Biden's son Hunter.

Inappropriate?

VINDMAN: Absolutely.

HOLT: Illegal?

VINDMAN: I suspected it was illegal. But what I knew immediately is that it was wrong and my duty was to report it.

“Vindman says he told the NSC's legal counsel and others but says he does not know for sure who filed the whistleblower complaint,” Holt added.

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