Key Witnesses in Trump’s Impeachment Trial have been Dismissed

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Key Witnesses in Trump’s Impeachment Trial have been Dismissed

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On Friday, February 7th, two key witnesses in the impeachment trial were fired from their line of duty for the White House. Gordon Sondland, former U.S. Ambassador to the EU was recalled. President Trump ended the White House National Security assignment of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Both were important hearings during the trial against Donald Trump.

On Saturday, President Trump defended his decision to remove Lt. Col. Vindman:

“I don’t know him, never spoke to him, or met him (I don’t believe!) but, he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly . . . was given a horrendous report by his superior, the man he reported to, who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgement, adhering to the chain of command and leaking information. In other words, ‘OUT’.”

Vindman’s lawyer, David Pressman called these claims “obviously false.”

“They conflict with the clear personnel record and the entirety of the impeachment record of which the President is well aware. While the most powerful man in the world continues his campaign of intimidation, while too many entrusted with political office continue to remain silent, Lieutenant Colonel Vindman continues his service to our country as a decorated, active duty member of our military.”

Sondland, a longtime supporter of President Trump, released this statement after his firing:

“I am grateful to President Trump for having given me the opportunity to serve, to Secretary Pompeo for his consistent support, and to the exceptional and dedicated professionals at the U.S. Mission to the European Union,” Sondland wrote. “I am proud of our accomplishments. Our work here has been the highlight of my career.”

Lt. Col. Vindman’s twin brother was also fired on Friday, and both brothers were reassigned to the Department of the Army.

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/07/803904417/lt-col-alexander-vindman-escorted-out-of-the-white-house-his-lawyer-says