USAToday reports speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed President Donald Trump for the abrupt removal of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served on the National Security Council and provided damning testimony against the president during the impeachment inquiry.
“President Trump is impeached forever,” Pelosi said in a statement on Friday. “The shameful firing of Colonel Vindman was a clear and brazen act of retaliation that showcases the President’s fear of the truth.”
She added, “History will remember Lieutenant Colonel Vindman as an American hero.”
Vindman’s lawyer said he was escorted out of the White House by a security escort Friday, along with his twin brother Yevgeny Vindman, also a security adviser, who did not testify during impeachment. Hours later, Trump fired Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland from Brussels.
Both Vindman and Sondland provided key testimony in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s alleged pressuring of the Ukraine government to open investigations into domestic political rivals and leveraging of military aid money to do so. The firings came just days after the president was acquitted of impeachment charges by the Republican-majority Senate.
“Lieutenant Colonel Vindman has proven to be an American patriot: on the battlefield when he earned a Purple Heart, and in the House trial when he spoke truth to power. His brave testimony showed America that right still matters,” Pelosi said.
Lieutenant Colonel Vindman has proven to be an American patriot. His firing was a clear and brazen act of retaliation that showcases the President’s fear of the truth — and the vindictiveness which led Republican Senators to be accomplices to President Trump’s cover-up.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 8, 2020
Per TCO, During the last Democratic party debate, 2020 candidate Joe Biden presented Lr. Colonel Vindman as a hero, demanding the crowd “Stand up and clap for Vindman. Get up there! That’s who we are! We’re not what Trump is!”
However according to medal of honor recipient MSG Leroy Petry, Vindman was not well respected by his peers.
In fact, he was knows as someone who presented himself as a hero when he was under the spotlight, and who would be two-faced when it was off.
Per DailyCaller “I think this,” Petry said. “I respect his service, I understand he is Purple Heart recipient. Being a Purple Heart recipient doesn’t make somebody a hero. I’m sorry.”
“I appreciate your candor,” host Pete Hegseth, also an Army veteran, jumped in. “Wearing the uniform doesn’t make you immune from criticism especially on the National Security Council, it has now been identified you’re probably a part of leaking, certainly a part of concerted effort to hurt the president.”
Hegseth then pointed out what many have in the president’s defense: that every member of the National Security Council serves “at the pleasure of the president” and can be reassigned for any reason the White House chooses.
Petry went on to explain that Vindman, according to friends who had been with the lieutenant colonel in Ranger School, had referred to him as a “chow thief” and had not thought highly of him even then. “In ranger school, [they] said he couldn’t be trusted. They tried peering him out. They said, ‘Well, I guess it hasn’t changed much.’ Usually folks that try to make a big statue of something, what we call spotlighters in the military, trying to highlight themselves as a hero or doing something great. and you could do something great just doing your job.”
Hegseth jumped back in then to “translate” some of the military jargon Petry had used to describe Vindman, saying, “Chow thief, meaning that when there is limited food, you’re taking some so you can have some and your buddies don’t. Spotlight ranger is someone who, when the spotlight is on, you do a great job when spotlight is off, you’re not necessarily helping your buddies. And peered out means your fellow peers are voting against you to graduate from that particular school.”
Meanwhile, Appearing on “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, Senator Lindsey Graham backed President Trump’s firing of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, arguing Vindman had a political agenda.