Vindman, key impeachment witness, to retire from Army

Source: The Hill | July 8, 2020 | Morgan Chalfant

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, is retiring from the Army after serving for more than two decades.

Amb. David Pressman, Vindman’s attorney, said in a statement that Vindman is retiring Wednesday “after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited.”

Shortly after the statement, Vindman tweeted the announcement. 

A former White House national security official, Vindman was escorted out of the White House and told to leave his position in February after providing damaging testimony about Trump’s July 25, 2019, phone conversation with Ukraine’s president, which was at the center of his impeachment. Vindman’s dismissal followed Trump’s acquittal by the GOP-controlled Senate.

The Washington Post reported last month that government officials expressed concern that Trump would block Vindman’s promotion to full colonel because of his actions during the impeachment inquiry.

Pressman did not explicitly accuse the White House of intervening in the promotion process but accused the president of executing “a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.”

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    A sad end to a distinguished career. Personally, if I were him, I’d be grateful to be gone from that circus.

    Hope Lt. Col. Vindman’s retirement is a long, happy and healthy one.

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