Vindman’s Atty. Calls On Fox To Retract ‘Espionage’ Allegation Against Client
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s attorney sent a warning letter to Fox News on Wednesday demanding a correction or retraction of statements made on The Ingraham Angle, hosted by Laura Ingraham.
According to The New York Times, a guest on Ingraham’s show suggested that Vindman — an Iraq War veteran who earned a Purple Heart — might be guilty of espionage.
David Presser, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, wrote in the letter: “LTC Vindman and his family have been forced to examine options, including potentially moving onto a military base, in order to ensure their physical security in the face of threats rooted in the falsehood that Fox News originated.”
The lawyer also “highlighted inflammatory statements made on the network by others, including President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., who has repeatedly attacked Colonel Vindman, and Tucker Carlson, another prominent Fox host.”
The initial segment occurred on October 28, when Ingraham said to guest John Yoo — a top lawyer in the George W. Bush administration: “Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine, while working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interest, and usually, they spoke in English. Isn’t that kind of an interesting angle on this story?”
Yoo replied: “I found that astounding. Some people might call that espionage.”
Other allies of President Donald Trump picked up on the comment and ran with it on social media, amplifying the baseless claim.
Pressman noted in his letter that espionage is punishable by death and added that his client “had never in his decorated 20-year career of service to his country been accused of having dual loyalties or committing espionage” prior to the Fox News segment.
Yoo has since claimed his comment was misunderstood, writing an op-ed in USA Today to insist he meant the Ukrainian government was engaging in espionage — not Vindman.
But Pressman dismissed the explanation, saying in his letter: “Mr. Yoo’s argument that he did not intend to accuse LTC of Vindman of ‘espionage’ — that he was accusing the nation of Ukraine instead — is as legally irrelevant as it is factually incredible.”