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'This is America': Witness provides glimmer of hope

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Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY): "Why do you have confidence that you can do that and tell your dad not to worry?"

Lt Col Alexander Vindman: "Congressman, because this is America. This is the country I've served and defended. That all of my brothers have served. And here, right matters."

Maloney: "Thank you, sir."

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It's not often that you hear applause break out in the middle of a congressional hearing, let alone a hearing as consequential as an impeachment inquiry. The most recent round of applause broke out at the end of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's Friday hearing, in which she was smeared in real-time by President Trump. This time, the smears were directed at Purple Heart recipient and national security council (NSC) official, Lt Col Alexander Vindman by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.

In his opening statement, Vindman paid homage to his father who fled the Soviet Union. Vindman told Maloney in the above quote that his father shouldn't worry because, in America, you can speak truth and "right matters." It was a glimmer of hope in what has been an otherwise dark investigation of presidential corruption. It was a moment that showed, perhaps, the American norms and values that President Trump is hell-bent on eroding are resilient.

I start here because, in day three of public impeachment inquiries, the contrast between the Republicans and Democrats could not be starker. During these hearings, House Democrats have competently outlined the facts of President Trump's alleged Ukraine extortion........

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