According to a new report from Bloomberg, the White House is discussing a plan to possibly dismiss impeachment witness Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council.
Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn blasted Vindman in a series of tweets late January and also ridiculed House Intel Chair Adam Schiff for calling Vindman an “American Patriot.”
Bloomberg reports The White House is weighing a plan to dismiss Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council after he testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, preparing to position the move as part of a broader effort to shrink the foreign policy bureaucracy, two people familiar with the matter said.
Any moves would come after the Senate on Wednesday acquitted Trump on a near party-line vote at the conclusion of the two-week impeachment trial. The White House intends to portray any house-cleaning as part of a downsizing of the NSC staff, not retaliation, according to the people.
Vindman was one of the Democrats’ most crucial witness in their impeachment proceedings — a decorated Army lieutenant colonel, who raised the alarm over the president’s July 25 telephone call with Ukraine’s leader. Before Vindman’s testimony, the only account of that call came from an anonymous whistle-blower whose identity has remained largely hidden to this day, and a partial transcript released by the White House.
Some of the officials being targeted for removal from the NSC would be reassigned because they’re perceived as being disloyal to the president, three people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity owing to the sensitivity of personnel moves.
Senior officials were informed on Thursday that some staff would be leaving the White House, the people added. The moves have been in the works since at least last week and could come as soon as Friday.
The departure of Vindman could trigger objections from Democrats and possibly some Republicans. Those concerns could mount if the Trump administration acts against additional government officials.
The plan to remove him suggests that the White House is feeling emboldened to retaliate against those Trump blames for making him the third U.S. president to be impeached by the House.
Vindman has not been told of any change in his status, according to a person close to his legal team, and plans to show up for work until told otherwise. His twin, Yevgeny Vindman, also remains at the NSC and is not aware of any change in his status, that person added.
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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