A senior official dismissed from the White House after testifying against Donald Trump in impeachment hearings has left the military.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was the victim of a “campaign of intimidation, intimidation and reprisals” by the president, his lawyer said.
Lieutenant-Colonel Vindman’s “concern” over a phone call between Mr. Trump and the President of Ukraine has led to a trial in the Senate.
The Republican-majority Senate acquitted the president in February.
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What did Lt. Col. Vindman’s lawyer say?
A statement said he retired after 21 years of military service because his future would be “forever limited.”
Its representative, David Pressman, said that Lt. Col. Vindman had spoken publicly only once on the issue – on subpoena from Congress.
He said, “LTC Vindman did what the law required it to do; and for that, he was intimidated by the president and his agents. ”
Pressman added that he “put the interests of his country before his own.” “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career,” he said.
Lt. Col. Vindman tweeted confirming his decision:
Iraq war senator and veteran Tammy Duckworth said on Monday that she had still not been assured by Defense Secretary Mark Esper that the White House would not interfere with the promotion of Lt. Col. Vindman to the rank of colonel.
However, a senior US defense official told Reuters on Wednesday that Esper had approved Lt. Col. Vindman’s promotion on Monday and that the promotions list should be sent to the White House in the coming days.
There has not yet been a response from Lt Col Vindman’s retired White House.
What led to his dismissal from the White House?
Witness to Congress last November, Ukrainian expert Lieutenant-Colonel Vindman said he was “concerned” after hearing Trump’s “inappropriate” phone call on July 25, 2019 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky .
The appeal led to the removal of Mr. Trump in December by the Democrat-majority House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democratic lawmakers have argued that the president suspended US aid in return for political favors.
When asked how he overcame his fear of reprisals to testify, Lt. Col. Vindman said, “Member of Congress, because it’s America … and here is what matters. ”
After the acquittal of the Senate, Lieutenant-Colonel Vindman was escorted from the White House.
President Trump tweeted at the time: “Actually, I don’t know him, I never spoke to him or I didn’t meet him (I don’t think so!) But, he was very insubordinate, incorrectly reported the contents of my “perfect” calls, &. received a horrible report from his supervisor, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgment, respect for the chain of command, and information leaks. In other words, “OUT”. “