'A crime called libel': Experts outraged after torture advocate John Yoo accuses White House Ukraine expert Vindman of espionage on Fox News

'A crime called libel': Experts outraged after torture advocate John Yoo accuses White House Ukraine expert Vindman of espionage on Fox News
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Berkeley law professor John Yoo on Fox News Monday night suggested Purple Heart recipient Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the White House, is engaging in espionage. Laura Ingraham also tried to paint the current White House national security official, a decorated Iraq war veteran, as a double agent. There is nothing to suggest their accusations are true or valid.


Vindman, who was on Trump’s infamous July 25 call with the president of Ukraine and reported his concerns, is testifying Tuesday before House investigators.

“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?” Ingraham posited.

Yoo, infamously wrote the discredited “Torture Memos” that enabled President George W. Bush to allow waterboarding, which is a war crime.

Yoo Tuesday night called Vindman’s situation “astounding,” and the added, casually, “You know, some people might call that espionage.”

Here’s the clip of Ingraham and Yoo:

Many, including experts, are expressing outrage on social media.

Professor of political science and former Ambassador to Russia:

Law professor and former federal prosecutor:

Law professor and former U.S. Acting Solicitor General:

Former Fed. Admin. Law Judge and GTMO Chief Prosecutor:

Conservative columnist:

Politico reporter:

Professsor, NBC News and MSNBC Legal Analyst:

Former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore:

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