Vindman To Retire From Military, His Attorney Cites WH ‘Campaign Of Bullying’
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is retiring from the Army after 21 years of service because of political retaliation from President Trump and his administration, according to a CNN report.
- Vindman’s lawyer Ambassador David Pressman told CNN that he felt as though his future in the military would “forever be limited” due to political retaliation. Vindman faced backlash after testifying in President Trump’s impeachment hearing last year.
Trump fired Vindman as the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council in February and also ousted his twin brother who also played a key role in impeachment proceedings while serving at the White House as an NSC lawyer.
In recent weeks, the controversy has centered around allegations that the White House was attempting to block Vindman's upcoming military promotion to the rank of colonel.
- Pressman told CNN: "The President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers.”
- Vindman decided to retire after it became clear his chances for career advancement were stunted.
- Vindman’s impeachment testimony shook the nation after he called Trump’s push to investigate Joe Biden “inappropriate.” He said he knew he had to report the incident as a sense of duty.
- Trump loyalist Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) questioned Vindman’s Purple Heart and patriotism shortly after the hearing in a series of Tweets. Blackburn also suggested Vindman leaked the information to the whistleblower.
- Democrats were fearful of Vindman’s retaliation. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a veteran herself, said she would block the confirmation of 1,123 senior US Armed Forces promotions until it was made clear Vindman would not be retaliated against. This was considered an unprecedented move.