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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 02:58 PM

Key impeachment inquiry witness says nation's values threatened under Trump

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who was fired from his post at the White House after he testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, wrote in an op-ed Saturday: "At no point in my career or life have I felt our nation's values under greater threat and in more peril than at this moment."

Vindman announced his retirement from the military last month, citing a "campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation" led by the president.

In an essay for The Washington Post, Vindman compared the current government to that of the Soviet Union. Vindman and his family emigrated from Ukraine when he was a young boy.

"Our national government during the past few years has been more reminiscent of the authoritarian regime my family fled more than 40 years ago than the country I have devoted my life to serving," he wrote.


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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 03:17 PM

1. He never got the promotion he deserved.


The Army lieutenant colonel who was a key witness in President Donald Trumpís impeachment inquiry announced his retirement from the service on Wednesday ó just days before the Pentagon was expected to send his promotion to the White House for approval.

Both Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Defense Secretary Mark Esper had approved the promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman before he retired, defense officials confirmed on Wednesday. Still, the White House tried at least once to derail his promotion to colonel, according to Politico, which his attorney seemed to allude to as a reason for Vindman's retirement.

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It seems he decided to leave before giving trump another opportunity to turn him down.

Your service is greatly appreciated, Lt Colonel Vindman. We need more citizens of integrity like you looking out for us; may you have an opportunity to serve again in some way very soon.

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