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Stephen Strasburg’s stellar performance sets up dramatic Game 7 of the World Series

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HOUSTON — It was a day that cemented a pitcher’s legacy forever in Washington, D.C., as one of the toughest, baddest dudes in Washington Nationals history.

A game that guaranteed we’ll see the ultimate drama, a pitcher who couldn’t even get out of bed two days ago, now being asked Wednesday to win the first World Series in the nation’s capital since 1924.

A game that made a critical interference call nothing more than a footnote.

A series that will be remembered for more than an executive’s expletive tirade that got him fired.

Finally, the World Series theater everyone craved.

Game 7.

The Nationals made it possible by winning 7-2, over the Houston Astros in a game that was upstaged by controversy, Nats manager Dave Martinez being ejected, and resurrected memories of first-base umpire Don Denkinger’s blown call in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series.

It was all forgotten by the time the Nats walked off the field, with all of the attention immediately turning to Max Scherzer, their three-time Cy Young winner, who’s scheduled to start Game 7.

Scherzer, scratched from his Game 5 start on Sunday when he couldn’t even raise his right arm, and traveled to Houston in a neck brace, threw on the side Tuesday afternoon, warmed up during the game, and was ready to go.

Scherzer won’t be pitching with a bloody sock, but it will bring back memories of Curt Schilling pitching for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series with blood dripping from the stitches in his ankle.

“He’s good, he felt good, so yeah, as of right now,’’ Martinez said, “he’ll definitely start Game 7. Max will pitch until his neck decides he can’t pitch anymore.’’

And there will be no pitch count or limitations.

“I can’t see myself telling Max, you’re only going to go 75 pitches. He’s going to want to go out there and go as long as he can.’’

The moment was made possible by the brilliance of Stephen Strasburg, who is turning into Bob Gibson this postseason.

Strasburg became the first pitcher in baseball history to go 5-0 in the postseason, and nearly became the first pitcher since Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants to pitch a complete game in the World Series, Game 2 of 2015, against the Kansas City Royals. He was pulled after 8 ⅓ innings.

His ERA now 1.98.

And now, for the first time in World Series history, we have a series in which the visiting team has won every game.

REPLAY: Nats protest Game 6 after controversial call

SWAG: Bregman, Soto show each other up with bat carries

The Astros, who had bludgeoned the Nationals in Washington, sweeping all three games by a combined score of 19-3, scored two runs in the first inning off Strasburg, and then went silent.

The only time Strasburg got into the slightest bit of trouble was in the middle innings. In the fourth, he walked Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez on nine pitches, but then came back and struck out Carlos Correa.

In the fifth, he gave up a one-out single to Josh Reddick and a double into the left-field corner by George Springer. No sweat. He got Jose Altuve to flail away on a curveball in the dirt, and Michael Brantley hit into a sharp groundout.

He cruised the rest of the way, making the Nationals 9-0 this postseason on games started by Strasburg and Scherzer.

The Astros, who have wanted to be remembered for having one of the greatest teams of all time, have been outscored 24-9 in their three games at Minute Maid Park.

They have one last chance.

If nothing else, the Nats’ victory at least took the focus off the umpiring crew. Yan Gomes hit a leadoff single in the seventh, and Trea Turner hit a slow roller to the right side of the mound. Astros pitcher Brad Peacock fielded it, and threw it off the back of Turner touching first base. Yet, home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook called Turner out for running inside the first-base line, and the Nats went ballistic.

One batter later, Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer. But, in between innings Martinez was so incensed that he charged Holbrook and was ejected.

Game 7.

It should be magical.

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Colbert Nails The GOP’s Big Problem With Trying To Discredit New Trump Witness

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President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have slammed allegations against him as hearsay. At one point, the White House even dismissed testimony of his attempts to pressure Ukraine into getting dirt on political rivals as “triple hearsay.” 

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert says that talking point just became a big problem after testimony from Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

“So it wasn’t hearsay,” Colbert cracked. ”Vindman could actually hear the bad stuff Trump say.”

Colbert noted that Vindman’s testimony was also in direct contradiction to that of Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, who said no one had raised concerns over the call. 

But Colbert said Vindman used some variation on that phrase four times in his testimony.

“It’s a classic case of he said… he said he said he said,” Colbert said.

See more of his monologue below: 

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Nationals Beat Astros 7-2 In Game 6 Of The World Series, Forcing Game 7

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The Washington Nationals congratulate Anthony Rendon after his two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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The Washington Nationals congratulate Anthony Rendon after his two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

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Updated Wednesday at 2:05 a.m. ET

The Washington Nationals avoided elimination by beating the Houston Astros 7-2 in Game 6 of the 2019 World Series, forcing a Game 7 in Houston on Wednesday.

But even a Series-defining Game 7 could have a tough time matching the tension and drama of Game 6 which featured a controversial call that appeared to kill — at least temporarily — a Washington rally.

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was the winning pitcher, lasting eight and a third innings, striking out seven while allowing only two runs on five hits.

Astros ace starter Justin Verlander was the losing pitcher. He pitched five innings, surrendering three runs on five hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. It was Verlander’s second loss of this series and he is 0-6 as a starting pitcher in seven career World Series games.

The Nationals drew first blood to open the game on a run-scoring single by third baseman Anthony Rendon — who delivered five RBIs before the night was out — after lead-off batter Trea Turner hit an infield single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by right-fielder Adam Eaton.

But Houston struck back immediately in their half of the first inning with a sacrifice fly by second baseman José Altuve after a first-pitch double by center-fielder George Springer, who took third base on a wild pitch by the Nats’ Strasburg. One out later, third baseman Alex Bregman hit a solo homer that gave Houston a 2-1 lead.

But those would prove to be all the runs the Astros would score.

After cruising through the second inning, the Astros’ Verlander had to pitch out of jams in the third and fourth innings, stranding two Nationals runners in both frames.

Washington, which had scored only three runs in the previous three games they had lost at home, finally capitalized in the fifth inning. Eaton and left fielder Juan Soto each hit solo homers to take the lead 3-2.

Houston threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning after right-fielder Josh Reddick singled and Springer followed with his second double of the night. But that was all the Astros got off Strasburg, who retired the next two batters.

Astros reliever Brad Peacock opened the sixth inning in place of Verlander, who had thrown 93 pitches.

The seventh inning opened with a sequence of plays that will likely be talked about for a long time.

After a single by Nationals catcher Yan Gomes, the next batter, Turner, appeared to have beaten out a dribbler to the reliever Peacock who threw late to first base. The throw got past first baseman Yuli Gurriel as the runners advanced.

But Turner was called out for running inside the base path and interfering with Peacock’s throw. After a lengthy delay in which the umpires consulted league officials in New York, the call on the field was confirmed.

So instead of having runners at second and third with no outs, the Nationals had a runner at first with one out. But a batter later, the Nationals’ Rendon launched a two-run home run that extended their lead to 5-2.

Strasburg retired the Astros without incident in the seventh and eighth innings. He was pulled for reliever Sean Doolittle after retiring the first batter he faced in the ninth.

The 2019 World Series is the first postseason series across professional baseball, hockey and basketball in which the road team won the first six games.

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Viewers Pull Out The Popcorn As Whoopi Goldberg Goes Full Boss On Meghan McCain

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Meghan McCain has learned the hard way to never ever interrupt Whoopi Goldberg.

On Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s talk show “The View,” Goldberg, the moderator, intervened when things got heated between the show’s co-hosts on the topic of national security ― specifically, attempts by Fox News and its pundits to question the patriotism of the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, ahead of his testimony in the impeachment inquiry.

As tensions escalated, Goldberg stepped in to tell the co-hosts to just “take a breath” and stop talking over one another. Unfortunately for McCain, she did not heed this advice:

“We’re starting to do that thing,” Goldberg said, making a gesture with her fingers interlinked. 

“I don’t know what that means, ‘this thing,’” McCain shot back. 

“It means you’re talking over each other,” Goldberg said, prompting McCain to reply, “Well, it’s ‘The View.’”

“You know what,” Goldberg says, shifting in her chair, “Let me tell you something about ‘The View.’”

Goldberg went on to school McCain on demonstrating respect toward her colleagues: “This show has always had the ability to have different points of view, which we respect around the table, and when we talk to each other, we also exhibit respect.”

When McCain continued to interrupt, Goldberg announced, “We’ll be back,” and cut to commercial.

The pure attitude with which Goldberg delivered her speech had viewers quaking in their seats, and it popped “Whoopi” onto Twitter’s trending list:

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White House Official Who Listened To Trump Call Says Readout Had Key Omissions: Report

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the first person to testify as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry who personally listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, told House lawmakers that the White House reconstruction of the discussion had key omissions, The New York Times reported.

Vindman, a decorated Army officer and the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, appeared in front of lawmakers for more than 10 hours on Tuesday, the latest official to defy White House orders to share their direct knowledge of the call that set off the impeachment inquiry. According to his prepared remarks, which were obtained by HuffPost, he said he twice reported his concerns about the call and about President Donald Trump’s demands for a quid pro quo involving military aid and political dirt to one of his superiors, worrying that the exchange could affect national security. Trump reportedly sought a probe of political rival Joe Biden and his son, along with investigations based on conspiracy theories about 2016 campaign manipulation.

But Vindman, who testified before members of three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry, also shed new light on the White House reconstruction of the call, which was released last month. Vindman reportedly told the lawmakers that the document omitted crucial words and phrases that he attempted to see put back in the readout: Some of the changes were ultimately made, but others were not. He did not speculate on the reasoning behind the omissions. 

The Wall Street Journal later confirmed the Times’ reporting. Vindman’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Times noted that the missing words do not change the basic contents of the document and there are several other examples of Trump pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for politically motivated investigations. But the Times reported that they provide more context about a number of questionable ellipses in the readout and raise further questions about how the White House handled the transcript of the call, which was stored on a secure server usually reserved for highly classified material.

Vindman, a decorated Iraq War veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart, also told lawmakers on Tuesday he didn’t think it was “proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen,” saying he was troubled that any investigation would “likely be interpreted as a partisan play.” He said he reported his concerns several times to a superior on the National Security Council and defended his actions, saying “any good military officer should and would do the same.”

His lengthy testimony on Tuesday drew praise from Democratic leaders. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said he hoped Vindman’s “example of patriotism will be emulated by others.”

“I want to say also how deeply appalled I was at the pernicious attacks on him last night on Fox,” Schiff said, according to The Washington Post. “The suggestion that because he’s of Ukrainian origin he has some kind of dual loyalty — this Purple Heart recipient deserved better than that scandalous attack.”

But Trump allies spent most of the day attempting to smear Vindman and his potentially damning testimony, which echoed that of other senior administration officials who voiced their concerns about the president’s demands that Ukraine investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who had served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

The Army officer’s history in the military, however, was hard for some Republicans to ignore. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to “question the patriotism of any of the people coming forward,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called Vindman a “decorated American soldier,” and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said that attacks were “inappropriate” and called the man “honorable.”

Democratic leaders said this week that they will vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry on Thursday amid blistering criticism from Republicans who have accused the party of holding the hearings in secret. GOP lawmakers have been involved in every hearing thus far.

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Nationals Beat Astros 7-2 In Game 6 Of The World Series

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The Washington Nationals congratulate Anthony Rendon after his two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

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The Washington Nationals avoided elimination by beating the Houston Astros 7-2 in Game 6 of the 2019 World Series and forcing a Game 7 in Houston on Wednesday.

But even a Series-defining Game 7 could have a tough time matching the tension and drama of Game 6 which featured a controversial call that appeared to kill — at least temporarily — a Washington rally.

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was the winning pitcher, lasting eight and a third innings, striking out seven while allowing only two runs on five hits.

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Student performance lags on Nation’s Report Card

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America’s eighth graders are falling behind in math and reading, while fourth graders are doing slightly better in reading. That’s according to the latest results from the Nation’s Report Card.

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Stephen Strasburg brilliant as Nationals overcome deficit, controversy to force Game 7 vs. Astros

HOUSTON — This World Series is going to the Max.

In a back-and-forth Series featuring unprecedented success for the road team and the steely resolve of two clubs now far beyond proving they are championship caliber, the Washington Nationals forced a winner-take-all climax by prevailing in a battle of towering aces and redoubtable sluggers, riding their greatest hitter and most dominant pitcher one more time to set the stage for an unforgettable climax.

Max Scherzer, summoning a miracle cure somewhere between a Saturday cortisone shot and a cross-country flight Monday, will take the ball in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, a championship up for grabs after a Game 6 on Tuesday night that cemented several legacies and sullied several others – including Major League Baseball’s.

In the end, the burgeoning October legends of Stephen Strasburg and Juan Soto were not to be denied. Strasburg has pitched in six games in these playoffs and the Nationals have won them all, none more important than Tuesday’s taut, gut-wrenching and occasionally absurd 7-2 conquest of the Astros.

The road team has now won every game in this World Series, a grim harbinger for the Astros in Game 7.

Also not great for Houston: Scherzer, taking the ball for as long as he can after hurriedly healing from nerve irritation in his neck that rendered him unable to lift his arm Sunday morning.

Scherzer was scratched from his Game 5 start, and the Nationals pointed toward a Game 7 with him starting, which seemed a longshot for many reasons after the Astros claimed Game 5 and a 3-2 lead.

But Scherzer pitched on flat ground before Game 6 at Minute Maid Park, told reporters, “I’m good,” and then warmed up in the bullpen as if he might make a relief appearance.

But Strasburg, Soto and the Nationals both suppressed the Astros and kept Scherzer in line for Game 7.

Strasburg bulled through 8⅓ innings to beat the Astros for the second time in this Series, and his October resume sparkles even brighter.

After striking out seven, his playoffs look like this: A 6-0 record, a 1.98 ERA, 47 strikeouts to just four walks, and most important: Dominant performances in three elimination games.

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He rescued Scherzer with three near-perfect relief innings in the NL wild-card game. Positioned the Nationals to win a decisive Game 5 in the NLDS at Los Angeles. And then Tuesday, overcoming a two-run first inning to out-duel Justin Verlander.

The Nationals even survived an objectively bad call from home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook, who called Trea Turner out on interference despite Turner’s maintaining a straight line all the way down the basepaths to first.

A 4 minute, 34-second replay review upheld both the call and the return of Yan Gomes to first base, and Nationals manager Dave Martinez was ejected after raging at the umpires after the inning.

He should have relaxed: Third baseman Anthony Rendon rode a Will Harris pitch and an apparent karmic wave out to left field for a two-run homer that accounted for some crucial insurance. He later tacked on a two-run double in the ninth.

But it was Strasburg who will be remembered most on this night – and probably for time eternal by Nationals fans should they win Game 7.

Strasburg delivered his biggest gut-punch to Houston in the fifth, moments after he was handed a 3-2 lead. A one-out double by George Springer put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, and one of the game’s greatest hitters, Jose Altuve, at the plate.

What happened next almost defied logic: Strasburg getting Altuve to chase three off-speed pitches out of the strike zone. Two outs.

Michael Brantley then scorched a 102.7-mph short-hopper at shifted shortstop Trea Turner, who snagged it nimbly and threw to first. Threat over.

Moments earlier, the 21-year-old Soto slugged his fifth home run this postseason and third of the World Series, a towering drive off Verlander to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. Soto carried his bat all the way to first base, a glorious rebuke to Astros All-Star Alex Bregman’s bat tote after homering off Strasburg in the first.

Two batters before Soto’s shot, Verlander gave up a game-tying blast to No. 2 hitter Adam Eaton, once again failing in his seventh attempt to win a World Series game.

Verlander’s seven-start World Series dossier after his five-inning, three-run effort: 0-6, a 5.66 ERA and nine homers surrendered in 38 career innings.

It was the second time in three years he failed to win a Game 6 that could have given the Astros a championship. They bailed him out in 2017, winning Game 7.

Wednesday night, they’ll have to go through a surprise nemesis – and a team that long ago proved it will not die easily.

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Meghan King Edmonds breaks silence on husband’s alleged affair

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Meghan King Edmonds, star of “Real Housewives of Orange County,” addressed her husband’s alleged cheating scandal in a lengthy blog post on Tuesday.

Meghan’s husband Jim Edmonds on Monday denied allegations that he had an affair with the family’s nanny, Carly Wilson, according to People magazine. Wilson also denied the allegations. According to Us Weekly, Jim filed divorce papers on Friday.

In her blog post, titled “Broken,” Meghan discussed the hurt she felt over her husband’s “sexting” scandal in June. The former baseball player admitted that he “engaged in an inappropriate conversation” with another woman who was not the nanny, but denied physical infidelity.

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“Out of respect for my children and my family, I find it unnecessary to go into all the gritty details,” Meghan said. “What I will say is that, in the wake of the sexting situation, my husband was drinking and partying with much younger women, including several of our babysitters, and I found this galavanting inappropriate, immature and downright odd.”

She continued: “While I initially wrote it off because during several of these outings, his 22-year-old daughter was present, given his previous indiscretions, I was uncomfortable. Even more so when he started lying about where he was going or who he was going with — and deleting entire text conversations on his phone with several of these young women.

“For the record, after the sexting affair he had agreed with our therapist that he would be totally transparent and never delete messages or conversations and he would also keep his location available on his phone,” Meghan pointed out.

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She then addressed a photo of her husband and the nanny at a hockey game, according to People.

Meghan, 35, claimed that “Jim repeatedly lied about” the outing, so she asked her husband to include her on texts he sent to the babysitter, to which he said “no.”

“Another major red flag,” she said. “To be clear, I don’t know if Jim slept with our babysitter or whether they were just being exceedingly inappropriate by hanging out socially without either of them telling me (and Jim expressly lying to me about it). I’ve gone back and forth with my thoughts for a couple [of] days but as I write this, I don’t think he did. But I still don’t understand why he’d lie. And why would she lie?”

Meghan also recalled tabloids finding out about her divorce proceedings, despite never making a public statement.

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“I am broken for my family,” she said. “I am buried in despair. I cry at the drop of a hat. But I am enduring. I will set an example for my children and I will teach them to love and respect people while also knowing how to condone unethical or wrong behavior. I will facilitate healthy, consistent and ongoing relationships with their father and with his family despite the hurt I feel from them because my children should not reap the karma of my personal situations.”

A rep for Jim Edmonds did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Lt. Col. Vindman said he was deeply concerned by the call between Trump and Ukraine.

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the first person to testify as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry who personally listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, told House lawmakers that the White House reconstruction of the discussion had key omissions, The New York Times reported.

Vindman, a decorated Army officer and the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, appeared in front of lawmakers for more than 10 hours on Tuesday, the latest official to defy White House orders to share their direct knowledge of the call that set off the impeachment inquiry. According to his prepared remarks, which were obtained by HuffPost, he said he twice reported his concerns about the call and about President Donald Trump’s demands for a quid pro quo involving military aid and political dirt to one of his superiors, worrying that the exchange could affect national security. Trump reportedly sought a probe of political rival Joe Biden and his son, along with investigations based on conspiracy theories about 2016 campaign manipulation.

But Vindman, who testified before members of three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry, also shed new light on the White House reconstruction of the call, which was released last month. Vindman reportedly told the lawmakers that the document omitted crucial words and phrases that he attempted to see put back in the readout: Some of the changes were ultimately made, but others were not. He did not speculate on the reasoning behind the omissions. 

The Wall Street Journal later confirmed the Times’ reporting. Vindman’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Times noted that the missing words do not change the basic contents of the document and there are several other examples of Trump pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for politically motivated investigations. But the Times reported that they provide more context about a number of questionable ellipses in the readout and raise further questions about how the White House handled the transcript of the call, which was stored on a secure server usually reserved for highly classified material.

Vindman, a decorated Iraq War veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart, also told lawmakers on Tuesday he didn’t think it was “proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen,” saying he was troubled that any investigation would “likely be interpreted as a partisan play.” He said he reported his concerns several times to a superior on the National Security Council and defended his actions, saying “any good military officer should and would do the same.”

His lengthy testimony on Tuesday drew praise from Democratic leaders. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said he hoped Vindman’s “example of patriotism will be emulated by others.”

“I want to say also how deeply appalled I was at the pernicious attacks on him last night on Fox,” Schiff said, according to The Washington Post. “The suggestion that because he’s of Ukrainian origin he has some kind of dual loyalty — this Purple Heart recipient deserved better than that scandalous attack.”

But Trump allies spent most of the day attempting to smear Vindman and his potentially damning testimony, which echoed that of other senior administration officials who voiced their concerns about the president’s demands that Ukraine investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who had served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

The Army officer’s history in the military, however, was hard for some Republicans to ignore. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to “question the patriotism of any of the people coming forward,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called Vindman a “decorated American soldier,” and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said that attacks were “inappropriate” and called the man “honorable.”

Democratic leaders said this week that they will vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry on Thursday amid blistering criticism from Republicans who have accused the party of holding the hearings in secret. GOP lawmakers have been involved in every hearing thus far.

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