Lt. Col., former member of the National Security Council (NSC). Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanVindman marks 1 year since the call that led to Trump’s impeachment Alleged White House officials Vindman created a hostile work environment after the impeachment testimony: Duckworth report releases military confirmations, citing evidence that Vindman earned the promotion OTHER claimed that his retirement in July was due to “a campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation by President Trump and his allies ”who hindered the progression of his military career.
“This experience has been painful, but I’m not alone in this ignominy fate,” Vindman wrote in a Washington Post published on Saturday.
“The circumstances of my departure may have been more public, yet they are slightly different from those of dozens of other civil servants who have left this administration intact with their integrity but their careers irreparably damaged,” he continued.
Vindman announced last month that he would withdraw from the military after his attorney said “it has been made clear that his future within the institution that served will be forever limited,” in a statement.
Last year, Vindman testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the House’s impeachment investigation into Trump’s relations with Ukraine.
This week marked a year since the July 25, 2019 call this led to the investigation, which Vindman was aware of. The former supported military officer was worried about the exchange.
During the call, Trump asks Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about the political filth about the former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: three arrested in the Twitter hack | Trump pushes to break TikTok | House approves 0M for election security Wisconsin Republicans raise questions about Black Trump supporter’s death Trump holds mini-rally at Florida airport MORE and his son Hunter Biden in exchange for vital military aid.
Vindman, inter alia, the State Department and intelligence officials who testified before the committee, was attacked by the president before and after his testimony.
“Presumably, according to corrupt media, Ukraine calls today’s Never Trumper witness” worried, “tweeted the president in October 2019.” Was it on the same call I was? It can’t be possible! “
The former White House national security officer was escorted out of the White House in February and told to leave his position after giving his testimony.
Vindman went on to state that his concerns about the President’s past conduct on the July 25 call were precursors of exposing what he believes is “corruption by the Trump administration.”
“A year ago, unbeknownst to me, my concerns about the president’s conduct and the president’s efforts to undermine the very foundations of our democracy were causing tremors that would eventually shake the facade of good governance and publicly expose corruption. Trump administration, “Vindman wrote.
The former lieutenant colonel, whose family emigrated from Ukraine when he was a boy, compared the current government to that of the former Soviet Union.
“Our national government in recent years has reminded more of the authoritarian regime that my family fled more than 40 years ago than the country I dedicated my life to serving,” he wrote.
“Our citizens are subjected to the same types of attacks launched by tyrants against their critics and political opponents. Those who choose loyalty to American values and loyalty to the Constitution over devotion to a mendacious president and his activists are punished.”
But despite his criticisms of the Trump administration, Vindman concluded his piece by saying that he is “confident for the future for both my family and our nation.”