Just days after Trump launched attacks against impeachment witness Alexander Vindman, he’s being FIRED from his post on the White House National Security Council.
The lieutenant colonel testified in the House impeachment investigation in what was considered some of the most damaging testimony. On Sunday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that Vindman would be removed from his coveted post as Director for European Affairs. O’Brien told Talking Points Memo,
“My understanding is he’s–that Colonel Vindman is detailed from the Department of Defense. So everyone who’s detailed at the NSC, people are going to start going back to their own departments and we’ll bring in new folks.”
But why Trump waited three years to make the move or why it came IMMEDIATELY after Vindman’s testimony was NOT explained. The timing seems to be a clear act of political revenge by Trump.
O’Brien tried to claim on Twitter that there was no retaliation against Vindman.
Just a few weeks before, Trump claimed “Never Trumpers” were
Trump tweeted on October 23,
“The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats.
Watch out for them, they are human scum!”
Critics said the attacks, along with Trump’s attacks on the whistleblower, are improper attempts to retaliate against impeachment witnesses and could constitute obstruction of justice.
Trump said that he had damaging information on Vindman that he would be releasing.
So far, nothing.
It should be made clear that #Vindman‘s #whistleblower disclosures are protected by law & he is not allowed to be subjected to reprisal. It may be a legitimate, justifiable personnel move, but relevant oversight authorities should inquire. https://t.co/4EmlzDh0xV— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) November 10, 2019
The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019