- Title: Lieutenant Colonel Vindman retiring from Army, alleges "bullying" by Trump
- Date: 8th July 2020
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE - OCTOBER 29, 2019) (UNRESTRICTED POOL - Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ALEXANDER VINDMAN, DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN AFFAIRS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, EXITING AN ELEVATOR AND ENTERING A SECURE HEARING ROOM OF THE U.S. HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE - NOVEMBER 19, 2019) (UNRESTRICTED POOL - Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE) ALEXANDER VINDMAN, DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN AFFAIRS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, WALKING DOWN HALLWAY OF THE U.S. CAPITOL FOR HIS TESTIMONY IN HOUSE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY VINDMAN TAKING A SEAT IN THE HEARING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE - NOVEMBER 19, 2019) (UNRESTRICTED POOL - Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE) HEARING ROOM OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEXANDER VINDMAN, DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN AFFAIRS ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, SAYING: "It was inappropriate, it was improper for the president to request, to demand, an investigation into a political opponent, especially a foreign power where there's, at best, dubious belief that this would be a completely impartial investigation. And that this would have significant implications if it became public knowledge and it would be perceived as a partisan play, it would undermine our Ukraine policy and it would undermine our national security."
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2020 17:22
- Keywords: Alexander Vindman Donald Trump impeachment
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002CLYA8NB
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- Story Text: Alexander Vindman, the former White House National Security Council staff member who was a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, retired from the U.S. military on Wednesday (July 8).
A statement released by his attorney said it had become clear "his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited."
He had been fired from his White House job in early February, three months after his testimony to a congressional committee in the impeachment inquiry, and returned to a posting at the Pentagon. But, Vindman found that his military career following the testimony had been stunted.
"Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President," the statement from his attorney, David Pressman, read.
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