The Hill reports President Trump is expected to push out Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council aide who testified during House Democrats’ impeachment hearings, as early as Friday, sources told The Washington Post.
The Post’s sources said that Vindman will be assigned to a position within the Defense Department. According to the paper, Vindman had already informed officials at the NSC that he intended to leave his post by the end of the month, but it appears that Trump will move him before that timeline.
Trump on Thursday held an event in the East Room that was dubbed a celebration of his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.
The event followed the National Prayer Breakfast, at which Trump took jabs at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the only GOP senator that voted to convict Trump on abuse of power.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” he said at the breakfast. “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that that’s not so.”
Trump continued in the same fashion at his East Room event, calling Pelosi a “horrible person” and claiming that Romney had “no sign of principles.”
Trump has reportedly mocked Vindman in private, according to The Post, and has discussed removing other national security officials that testified in the impeachment hearings, sources told the newspaper.
Vindman testified that he believed that Trump demanded Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in order to receive military aid.
Per TCO, last month Christian Whiton, Former Senior Advisor in Trump and Bush administrations called on Lt. Col Vindman to be court martialed for violating the chain of command.
This call was also echoed by Sean Davis of “The Federalist.”
Newsmax reported despite U.S. whistleblower protections and warnings against reprisals, a former Trump and Bush administration advisor believes Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman must be “court martialed” for speaking out against the president and violating his chain of command.
“To protect the military from being seen as political, Vindman must be court martialed for speaking contemptuously of the President and violating the chain of command. The law isn’t optional just because an officer hates his commander in chief.”
Whiton is not the first one to call for Vindman answering to his violation of chain of command when he facilitated the whistleblower’s complaint against President Donald Trump and subsequently testifying against the president in the House impeachment inquiry.
The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis tweeted in November:
“Vindman was insubordinate, ignored chain of command, leaked, and lied to Congress about not knowing who the whistleblower is, when he clearly knows because he was the whistleblower’s primary source.”He deserves to be court-martialied under the UCMJ.”
Even one of the Senate jurors took to Twitter this week to call out Vindman as a “political activist.” Citing his commanding officer, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., tweeted:
“Vindman’s commanding officer, Army Lt. Col. Jim Hickman: ‘Do not let the uniform fool you. He is a political activist in uniform.'”
Blackburn then spoke out against Vindman to Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle”:
“You look at what his commanders, Vindman’s commanders, have said, and he has a problem with judgment,” Blackburn told host Laura Ingraham this week. “That had been pointed out. He had one commander that said he is a political activist in uniform. He has had problems with going outside of his chain of command, which is exactly what he did here.
“And I talk to a lot of military members on a regular basis. They have a real problem with some of the things and the manner in which he conducted himself in this matter.”
Vindman is a member of the National Security Council, which works in the West Wing of the White House. He was listening in on a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy last July and said he was concerned about Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s rivals in the upcoming election.
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