“The circumstances of my departure could have been more public, but they do not differ much from those of dozens of other long-time officials who have left this administration with their integrity intact, but their careers have been irreparably damaged,” he said. he continued.
Vindman announced last month that he would retire from the military, after his lawyer said “it has been made clear that his future at the institution he has dutifully served will be forever limited. ”, In a press release.
Last year, Vindman testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
This week marked a year since the call of July 25, 2019 this led to the investigation, of which Vindman was aware. The former military official said he was concerned about the exchange.
During the call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for political filth on the former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Three Arrested for Hacking on Twitter | Trump pushes to end TikTok | House Approves 0M for Election Security Wisconsin Republicans Raise Questions Over Death of Black Trump Supporter, Trump Hosts Florida Airport Mini-Rally MORE and his son Hunter Biden in return for vital military aid.
Vindman, among other State Department and Intelligence officials who testified before the committee, was attacked by the president before and after his testimony.
“Apparently, according to corrupt media, Ukraine’s call” was for “today’s Never Trumper witness,” the president tweeted in October 2019. “Was he on the same call as me? It can’t be possible!
The former White House national security official was escorted out of the White House in February and ordered to leave his post after testifying.
Vindman continued in his op-ed by saying his concerns about the president’s past conduct in the July 25 appeal were precursors to exposing what he believes to be “the corruption of the Trump administration.”
“A year ago, unbeknownst to me, my concerns about the President’s conduct and the President’s efforts to undermine the very foundations of our democracy precipitated tremors that would eventually shake the facade of good governance and publicly expose the corruption of the Trump administration, ”Vindman wrote.
The former lieutenant colonel, whose family emigrated from Ukraine as a young boy, compared the current government to that of the former Soviet Union.
“Our national government in recent years is more reminiscent of the authoritarian regime my family fled over 40 years ago than the country that I have dedicated my life to serving,” he wrote.
“Our citizens are subject to the same types of attacks that tyrants launch against their critics and political opponents. Those who choose loyalty to American values and allegiance to the Constitution over devotion to a lying president and his enablers are being punished. ”
But despite his criticism of the Trump administration, Vindman concluded his article by saying he was “full of hope for the future both for my family and for our nation.”