One year since the call. Much has changed for me and much more for our country. I rest well knowing that I have done my duty. #readthetranscript #values #hererightmatters
– Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) July 25, 2020
Vindman, who won a Purple Heart for his service in the Iraq War in 2004, worked as the NSC’s lead expert in Ukraine and testified before House impeachment investigators during their probe into Trump Last year.
He spoke to investigators about Trump’s now high-profile phone call on July 25, 2019 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, saying he overheard Trump asking Kiev for inquiries into 2016 election interference and the former vice -President. Joe BidenJoe Biden The Hill Campaign Report: Campaigns Prepare for Home Run Until Election Day Charlamagne tha God Tears Biden: ‘Shut It Up Forever’ Hogan Claims Big Tent Republicanism With Trump Criticism MORE, his political opponent.
Vindman has testified publicly and in private about his concerns about Trump’s phone call, describing it as “inappropriate.”
Trump has long defended the call, describing it as “perfect” despite being a central part of the House Democrats’ investigation that ended with a vote to impeach him.
A whistleblower alleged that Trump used his official position to solicit foreign aid in the U.S. presidential election, with a complaint including details lined up with a partial transcript of the call released by the White House.
Vindman was escorted from the White House in February and ordered to step down from his post on the National Security Council after testifying about the president’s phone call.
Earlier this month, Vindman retired from the military after serving for more than two decades, his attorney David Pressman saying: “It has been clearly established that his future at the institution he has conscientiously served will be forever limited. “
The Washington Post reported last month that some officials had expressed concerns that Vindman’s promotion to full colonel was in jeopardy because of his actions during the impeachment inquiry.
NBC News reported earlier this month that White House officials claimed Vindman created a hostile work environment, with the NSC sending a list of allegations to the Pentagon in late 2019.
His. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA’s Efforts to Boost Uranium Mining Leave Green Groups Worried About Water | DNC Climate Platform Project Calls for Net Zero Emissions by 2050 | Duckworth Introduces Coal Country Safety Net Bill Duckworth Introduces Coal Country Safety Net Bill Biden says Whitmer is still in contention for VP PLUS choice (D-Ill.), Who had suspended some military confirmations, said this month that the Defense Department confirmed to him that “Vindman had won and was about to be promoted to colonel.”