USA TODAY WROTE: – The Army officer who testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry announced Wednesday that he will retire from the military, citing intimidation from the White House.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, had seen his promotion to colonel delayed this summer,a hold-up that some viewed as retaliation for his impeachment testimony.
Vindman, the bearer of false witness against President Trump, paraded himself as a war hero and patriot but when he brought the heat on himself he folded like a coward.
Vindman testified last fall 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 was following the blueprint first employed against Lt. General Michael Flynn who was prosecuted for doing his job as incoming NSA. During the transition, Flynn became responsible for maintaining U.S.-Russian relations.
Opinion| Even Obama’s FBI Director James Comey said Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were legitimate. Regardless, Obama’s team of corrupt holdovers created a crime where none existed.
Like the FBI did to Flynn, Vindman worked with others to criminalize a perfectly legitimate phone call between two presidents, relying on the decidedly partisan media to make the case for him..
Vindman cited “bullying, intimidation and retaliation” by Trump in explaining his decision to retire, according to a statement from his lawyer David Pressman.
In other words, when Trump mounted a vigorous defense, Vindman cried foul.
President Trump was vindicated when the Senate threw out the impeachment charges.
Previously, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien had removed the shamed Vindman from the National Security Council.
In removing Vindman, NSA O’Brien said, “We’re not a country where a bunch of lieutenant colonels can get together and decide what the policy is of the United States. We are not a banana republic.”