WASHINGTON – The Army officer who testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry announced Wednesday he will resign from the military, citing intimidation from the White House.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman had seen his promotion to colonel delayed this summer,a hold-up that some viewed as retaliation for his impeachment testimony. Vindman testified that he was alarmed by Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to open investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had business interests in the country.
That conversation triggered Trump’s impeachment, and Vindman became a star witness in the House Democrats’ probe.
Vindman cited “bullying, intimidation and retaliation” by Trump in explaining his decision to retire, according to a statement from his lawyer David Pressman.
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WNU Editor: When you try to “kill the King”, make sure you succeed. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was hoping that his testimony would result in the removal of President Trump. It did not happen. And now he is “crying” that he is being bullied by the administration and that he has no future n the military?!?!?!? What did he expect?
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Exclusive: Vindman to retire from military. His lawyer blames White House ‘campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation’ — CNN