Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, one of Trump’s former National Security Council members and one of the key witnesses in the Democrat impeachment effort, has announced that he is quitting the military.
Vindman’s attorney told CNN that Vindman felt he had to end his 21-year military career because he had experienced an extended “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” after Trump’s impeachment acquittal.
Vindman famously testified against President Trump in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman listened in on Trump’s infamous July 2019 phone call to the Ukrainian president, and went to supervisor Tim Morrison with complaints about Trump’s handling of the call.
Vindman, at the time of the impeachment inquiry, alleged that President Trump had done something “wrong,” though he would not go as far as to say that Trump did something “illegal” in the call.
Donald Trump demoted Vindman to a lower position in the Pentagon after the Senate acquittal, sparking outcry from Democrats. On Wednesday, Vindman announced that he will retire from the military altogether, blaming Trump for his unceremonious exit.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who is auditioning to be Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s vice president, announced last week that she would block the promotion of over 1,000 promotions until the Trump administration agreed to promote Vindman to colonel.
Duckworth has yet to respond to Vindman pulling the rug out from under her publicity stunt.