Per CNN, Key impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is retiring from the US Army. His lawyer cites a “campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation” led by the President.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Lt. Col. Vindman‘s retirement: “For Alex Vindman to retire from the military after I think it must be about 21, 22 years now, is really a loss for the country.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell commented “it’s sickening that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman‘s career is ruined for honorably & courageously serving America, while John Bolton – who refused to tell Congress what he knew, saving it for his book instead – cashes in on his own cowardice.”
NPR reports Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the impeachment trial of President Trump, will retire Wednesday after 21 years in the military.
Vindman is leaving the Army “after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” his lawyer, David Pressman, said in a statement. Recently, controversy has grown over an abnormal stall in his promotion to the rank of full colonel.
“Over the last months, LTC Vindman has been guided by a very simple and very American principle: ‘here, right matters.’ He has spoken publicly once, and only pursuant to a subpoena from the United States Congress. Compelled to testify, this decorated soldier was thrust into a conversation that goes to the heart of our country’s values, and its future,” the statement continued.
“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,” Pressman wrote. “Between honoring his oath or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers. These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it.”