Marie Yovanovitch speaks out on Vindman retirement, says he “deserved better than this”

Fellow impeachment witness and Trump adversary Marie Yovanovitch lamented the retirement of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, saying he “deserved better.”

Vindman’s lawyer had accused President Trump of “a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” that led to his decision to step down.

The Hill reports Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and a key witness in President Trump’s impeachment proceedings, said fellow impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman “deserved better” after he announced that he was retiring Wednesday.

Vindman confirmed via tweet Wednesday that he would be retiring shortly after his attorney, David Pressman, announced the news. Pressman accused the president of executing “a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.”

In a comment to the The New Yorker, Yovanovitch commended Vindman for his service.

“Alex is a decorated combat veteran and has served his country well and honorably,” Yovanovitch said in the magazine’s article, published Thursday.

“Alex should have received the honor and thanks and recognition of the nation,” she added. “He deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this.”

Both Yovanovitch and Vindman testified during last year’s House impeachment hearings.

Vindman, a former White House national security official, was escorted from the White House and told to leave his position in February after providing damaging testimony about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — the event at the center of the House proceedings.

The Washington Post reported last month that government officials expressed concern that Trump would block Vindman’s promotion to full colonel due to his testimony during the inquiry into Trump’s impeachment.