Impeachment Witness Retires From Military After He Was ‘Bullied by the President’

One of House Democrats’ witnesses in their impeachment probe of President Donald Trump is retiring from the military, claiming his future will be “forever limited” due to his testimony in the House of Representatives last year.

On Wednesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman shared the news of his resignation on Twitter, “Today I officially requested retirement from the US Army, an organization I love. My family and I look forward to the next chapter of our lives.”

In a separate statement, David Pressman — a lawyer for Vindman — wrote, “After more than 21 years of military service, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will be forever limited.”

The statement continued: 

“Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, 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. These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it.” 

“LTC Vindman did what the law compelled him to do; and for that he was bullied by the President and his proxies. And yet, LTC Vindman would not be intimidated and will not b corrupted. He did what he has always done: put the interests of his country ahead of his own,” Pressman added.

Vindman served as the National Security Council’s (NSC) top Ukraine expert until he was removed from that position in February following his testimony during the House impeachment hearings.

In his testimony, Vindman said that Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden (D) was improper.

After the Senate voted to acquit Trump of two impeachment charges in early February, Vindman was removed from the NSC but stayed in the military.

Trump addressed Vindman’s removal from the NSC, “We sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him any way they want.”

When asked if Vindman might be disciplined for his testimony, Trump said, “If you look at what happened … they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that.”

Responses

  1. Isn’t Vindman an identical twin? Daryl and his other brother Daryl.

  2. God gave us drumph & God gave us the corona virus…God must be pissed off at the human race!

  3. “Trump was also put in this position by God.” OBSIDIAN

    Prove it. Unquestionably prove it.

    You are ALSO admitting that President Obama and President Nixon were assigned their positions by a god. THAT is rule by devine right.

    The world democracies have moved away from such archaic ideas. That is like how, you know, we moved away from rule by kings, a few hundred years ago. We even threw a party over it.

    If anyone thinks a god moves their hand in the privacy of the voting booth, your right to vote should be revoked because that alone proves that you are too stupid to be allowed to vote.

    We MUST elect better politicians, but WE have to be smarter to be able to do that.

  4. Centrist
    Has it ever crossed your hate-filled mind that these career military are no different that career politicians. They don’t like their career apple carts upset. They were just skating along until President Trump showed that there was a new sheriff in town. Who was working for the betterment of the country.
    For you….hate is a terrible thing to waste.

  5. Two things about those who rise in officer’s ranks:
    1. they are ALL politicians.
    2. Isn’t anyone the least bit curious how Vindman and his twin brother both rose to the same high-rank? That’s some suspicious career-pathing.

    One more thing:
    Maybe it’s past time to clear some deadwood from the DoD. Name the last war they won. Unlike private industry, one not need to achieve to advance.

  6. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is not alone in his criticism. General James Mattis, General John Kelly, General John Allen, Admiral Mike Mullen, General Richard Myers, General Martin Dempsey, Admiral William McRaven, Admiral James Stradrivis, General Raymond Thomas, General Mike Hayden, have all criticized drump for his incompetence and poor understanding of the constitution. Unheard of in any previous administration. Trump is a liar, incompetent, stupid, evil, immoral, a thief, a conman, mentally deficient and a draft dodging coward who ruined the lives of (5) children by creating them.

    1. WOW, you just named all the communist assholes that are in our government and trying to undermine our President non-centrist.

  7. Absolutely right . The true reason was that probably he got black balled for his bullshyt !!!!

  8. Boo the f hoo. Go find a safe space and a cookie, candy ass. You won’t be missed.

  9. He can now run as Biden’s running mate and claim Ukraine all for themselves. But wait, first he has to write a book.

  10. Delbert. Bone spurs do outrank oak leafs, especially when 65 million people vote for bone spurs as president. It’s a good thing the esteemed LTC served in our armed services, if he strayed in his native country and pulled this stunt, he’d be licking latrines in Siberia. Hey, oak leaf, Just shut up and do what you’re told. It’s bad enough we have to pay for your pension. Talk about a waste of taxpayer funds.

  11. Vindman can now take the job of Ukrainian Defense Minister he said the Ukrainians offered him.

  12. If he was in education, he would be in administration because he’s been promoted to his level of incompetency. He’s lucky he wasn’t courtmartialed.

  13. Good, not soon enough. Let Mr. Opinion leave and good riddance. “Alexander Vindman is retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will be forever limited.” That’s called getting a window seat. You try to get your 15 minutes of fame by issuing ‘opinions’ and complaining about your boss and you get a window seat. Too bad, sooooo sad. I watched his testimony. His testimony was full of “in my opinion”. Well, his opinion of how foreign policy is conducted means nothing. He does what his boss tells him. He lied about the phone call, like Schiff, saying, ‘in his opinion’, the President pressured the Ukraine President, threatening to withhold funds. No such comment was made by the President as anyone that bothered to read the transcript would readily see. It was all staged BS. Bye, bye Pillsbury dough boy.

  14. Poor baby – hey Vindman, you lied after swearing to tell the truth. You are lucky it was only removal from the NSC and not accompanied by demotion.

  15. Boo Hoo ,,,, WHO give a Crap about this Limp Wristed Maggot. He IS unfit to serve !!!

  16. The only thing in his future should be a General Courts Martial. George Washington would be stacking bodies by now!

  17. For those of you without a military background it must be understood that the laws of the country & military laws are different.
    The military uses the UCMJ as well as national law. This allows double jeopardy and the ability to try military personnel with charges not in the civilian world.
    He’s lucky he is being allowed to retire with full benefits. If he was not an officer, born in a Soviet bloc country, the media would not care.

    If this upsets you then you are part of the problem, e.g.not understanding military procedures.
    Also I could not care about your opinion since opinions are like a55holes in that everyone has one.

  18. Vindman is a coward, fraud and a traitor. He deserves to be shamed. He humiliated himself.

  19. Too bad he will be getting be getting a military pension. He should have be court martialed instead of being promoted to full colonel on Monday.

  20. Wow, this panty waste is quite a man, isn’t he? He was “bullied” and so he abandoned his military “career”? Probably wants to spend more time with his husband.

  21. “Vindman is retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will be forever limited.” David Pressman, lawyer

    This is a clear comment about our military’s leadership, too.

  22. “Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President.”

    Yeah… i probably would have left out the word “bullied”. It’s redundant, but also gives a perception of this guy that many are not going to find compatible with their view of the US military.

Comments are closed.