Key impeachment witness Vindman berates Trump on retiring from military

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“The circumstances of my departure could have been more public, but they are little different from those of dozens of other lifelong public servants who have left this administration with their integrity intact but their careers irreparably damaged,” Vindman said.

Vindman testified at last year’s impeachment inquiry, telling congressional lawmakers he sounded the alarm bells about Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president in which Trump appeared to subordinate US aid home to an investigation into Democratic political rival Joe Biden and his son’s trade relations.

Trump, who has reportedly privately criticized Vindman’s testimony, relentlessly attacked the Ukrainian expert in tweets before firing him in February, saying he was “insubordinate.”

Reaction to Vindman’s editorial was swift online, with some of Trump’s staunch supporters, including Republican Lee Zeldin, coming to the president’s defense.

“Vindman is not a martyr,” Zeldin tweeted. “He lied under oath of not knowing who the whistleblower was. He falsely claims to be a chain of command official, but has not used his chain of command to speak to Tim Morrison.

Vindman also rebuked Trump’s response to the coronavirus, saying the “lying president” had played down the threat the pandemic posed to people across the country.

“Millions of people mourn the loss of loved ones and many more have lost their livelihoods as the president publicly laments his approval ratings,” Vindman said.

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