- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was escorted from the White House on Friday, almost 3 months later he testified against President Donald Trump from the impeachment question.
- Vindman was a vital witness that voiced his worries about Trump’s contact Ukraine while also addressing his concerns about talking out against the president.
- In remarks to reporters at the moment, Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged that Vindman was shielded by guidelines intended to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.
- Trump also fired Gordon Sondland, the US’s ambassador to the EU, in which seemed to be a sweeping act of personal vengeance when the impeachment procedure wrapped up at the Senate.
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President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman seems to cross ensures that Defense Secretary Mark Esper previously uttered, that pledged protections for whistleblowers.
At a Friday night section, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pointed to some November 2019 tweet from Marcus Weisgerber, an editor in defense and military socket Defense One, that included a transcript of a market with Esper, in which the secretary said there was”no retaliation” permitted under the legislation against whistleblowers.
“All I am saying is that in case you come forward with information which you believe is, you believe you’re a whistleblower, then you’re protected,” Esper said, according to the transcript.
–Marcus Weisgerber (@MarcusReports) November 11, 2019
Maddow said Friday night the remarks appeared to become”re-upped from the public document,” hours following Vindman, the leading Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council, along with his twin brother were fired from their posts in the White House.
Vindman publicly expressed his worries on retaliation
Vindman came to Trump’s crosshairs final autumn, if he testified at the House impeachment question on November 19 about his firsthand understanding of Trump’s contact with Ukrainian government and his worries within a July 25 telephone between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump forced Zelensky to research his political rival, former President Joe Biden and his son.
Throughout the opening statement in his testimony, Vindman compared the treatment of whistleblowers from America to the way they may be treated Russia prior to covering his dad, who came to America in the Soviet Union, also reiterating his commitment to”telling the facts.”
“Dad, my sitting here now, at the US Capitol speaking to our elected officials is evidence that you made the ideal decision twenty years back to leave the Soviet Union and return to United States of America looking for a better life for our loved ones,” Vindman explained. “Don’t worry, I’ll be OK for telling the facts.”
Vindman’s attorney said in a newspaper announcement published Friday the Vindman was terminated for”telling the truth,” which stood in direct contrast to reports across the February 7 shooting asserting the movement was a”wider effort to shrink” the Trump government’s foreign-policy bureaucracy. Opinions from Trump and his nearest allies immediately undercut that already-shaky defense.
Trump told reporters hours before Vindman’s death he was”happy” with the officer, who testified in accordance with a legal congressional subpoena. Trump’s remark came after White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president considers “people should pay for” the way Trump was treated.
Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., provided up maybe the most damning comment on the foundation of this conclusion, tweeting,”Permit me a moment to thank–and this could be a tiny surprise–Adam Schiff,” speaking to the House Intelligence Committee chairman who handled witness testimony at the impeachment hearings.
“Were it not for his fracture evaluation abilities, @realDonaldTrump could have had a harder time unearthing who all had to be terminated. Thank you, Adam! #FullOfSchiff,” Trump Jr. wrote.