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Politics Army won't investigate Vindman over impeachment testimony, top leader says

21:45  14 february  2020
21:45  14 february  2020 Source:   politico.com

‘Appalling’: Hillary Clinton rips Trump over likely ouster of Alexander Vindman

  ‘Appalling’: Hillary Clinton rips Trump over likely ouster of Alexander Vindman Hillary Clinton used Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s own words to condemn President Trump for reportedly planning to remove the Army lieutenant colonel who testified during impeachment from the National Security Council. © Provided by Washington ExaminerVindman, 44, could be removed from his position as a Ukrainian expert who leads European affairs at the National Security Council as early as Friday. Although the reassignment has not been finalized, several people have criticized Trump for planning to remove Vindman. Clinton, 72, used Vindman’s opening remarks from his impeachment testimony to blast Trump.

The Army will not investigate Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council staffer who testified in the president’s impeachment investigation, the service’s top civilian said Friday.

a man wearing a uniform: Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy made the announcement at an event just days after President Donald Trump said he imagined the military would “take a look at” whether Vindman should face disciplinary action for the “horrible things” he told House investigators about the president’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last July.

'Campaign of intimidation': Vindman's lawyer responds to new attacks by Trump

  'Campaign of intimidation': Vindman's lawyer responds to new attacks by Trump Trump tweeted that Vindman 'had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information.' In a statement, attorney David Pressman said Trump’s claims “conflict with the clear personnel record and the entirety of the impeachment record of which the President is well aware.

Vindman was ousted from his position on the NSC last week after the Senate acquitted Trump. Vindman’s lawyer said the move amounted to retribution.

McCarthy on Friday downplayed Vindman’s return to the Army, saying he simply returned to the service a few months earlier than planned and would have a “bridging assignment” for a couple of months in the Army’s headquarters office in Washington.

“Then he will be heading to a senior service college this summer. There’s no investigation into him,” McCarthy said at a National Press Club luncheon.

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On Tuesday, Trump told reporters “if you look at what happened, [the military is] going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that.”

“It turned out that what he reported was very different [than what occurred],” Trump added. “And also when you look at the person he reports to, said horrible things, avoided the chain of command, leaked, did a lot of bad things. And so we sent him on his way to a much different location, and the military can handle him anyway they want.”

Chuck Schumer calls on Defense Acting Inspector General to investigate witness retaliation .
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter on Monday to the acting Department of Defense Inspector General requesting investigations into "any and all instances of retaliation" against witnesses who have made "protected disclosures of presidential misconduct."The letter comes days after President Donald Trump fired two key impeachment witnesses, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the national security council, and US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. An adviser to Trump told CNN the firings of the major impeachment witnesses was meant to send a message that siding against the President will not be tolerated.

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