Merkley: Questioning Vindman’s patriotism ‘shameful’

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Merkley also thinks US House will move forward with impeachment inquiry

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sen. Jeff Merkley said he believes the US House will vote to move forward with the impeachment inquiry of President Trump and said it’s “shameful” anyone is questioning the patriotism of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

Vindman, who was on the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymr Zelenskiy, testified he tried to add missing words to the transcript of the phone call released by the White House but was rebuffed.

Alexander Vindman
Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The attacks on Vindman’s patriotism from Trump supporters “is a shameful, shameful act” and should be universally condemned by members of both political parties, Merkley said.

He also talked about a new hemp regulatory program announced Wednesday by the USDA. The program, worked on in cooperation with fellow Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the senators from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul “is a big step forward.”

Hemp is a $1 billion crop in Oregon and may be the biggest crop in the state this year, he said. Hemp grows really well in Oregon but “CBD oil is the driving component” behind the growth of cannabis-related products.

Watch the full interview with Sen. Merkley above.

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