Alexander Vindman, who emerged as one of the star witnesses for House Democrats during the House impeachment inquiry last year, was escorted out of the White House today after he was reportedly fired from his position, according to his personal attorney, David Pressman.
According to Breitbart, Pressman released a statement concerning his client, claiming he served the White House dutifully and suggesting the reason he was fired was due to his testimony during the impeachment hearings.
“Today, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted out of the White House where he has dutifully served his country and his President. He does so having spoken publicly once, and only pursuant to a subpoena from the United States Congress,” Pressman wrote in a statement.
“There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House. [He] was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful,” Vindman’s lawyer added.
Vindman’s twin brother, Yevgeny Vindman, who works as a lawyer for the National Security Council, walked out of the White House with Vindman, according to CNN. It was immediately clear if the twin brother was also relieved of his duties.
LTC Vindman should not be inside the National Security Council any longer. It’s not about retaliation. It’s because he cannot be trusted, he disagrees with the President’s policies, & his term there is coming to an end regardless.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 7, 2020
Vindman, who was a Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, was one of the officials who was on the call when President Donald Trump called the Ukrainian president on July 25 — a phone call that would later trigger the impeachment inquiry.
He made headlines during the House impeachment witness inquiries when he stated that he was uncomfortable with the call, suggesting that Trump did, in fact, pressure Ukraine to open an investigation into Hunter Biden.
“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” Vindman said at the time.
Some Republicans in Congress have suggested that Vindman was the official who leaked details of the call to the anonymous whistleblower who reported the phone call in the first place.