John Kelly: Vindman Was Right To Report Trump’s ‘Illegal Order’ On Ukraine
Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was simply following his military training when he reported “questionable” actions taken towards Ukraine, according to The Atlantic.
The retired Marine Corps general told students at Drew University that the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness was right to do what he did.
“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly said. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”
While Trump insisted that his call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect,” Kelly accepted the conclusion made by House Democrats: the president would release military aid on the condition of Ukraine launching an investigation of Joe Biden and his son.
That would have sounded like “an illegal order” to Vindman, Kelly said, and it was the U.S. Army officer’s duty to report it.
“We teach them, don’t follow an illegal order and if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss,” Kelly said.