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Army Secretary: Military Won't Look to Punish Vindman

Army Secretary: Military Won't Look to Punish Vindman
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman appears before the House on Nov. 19 of last year. (Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 14 February 2020 05:37 PM

The Army isn’t pursuing punishment of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman over damaging testimony he provided in support of the House impeachment case against President Donald Trump, Stars and Stripes reported Friday.

“There’s no investigations of him,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said of the former National Security Council (NSC) staffer during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, the news outlet reported.

The president earlier this week suggested the military consider disciplining Vindman for his role in reporting details of a July 25, 2019, phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that was at the heart of the impeachment charges.

He testified Trump acted inappropriately by pressing Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice Presidenr Joe Biden -- a potential campaign rival in the 2020 presidential race -- and his son Hunter Biden.

On Feb. 5, the Senate acquitted Trump of two impeachment charges against him: abusing the power of his office, and obstructing the congressional inquiry; two days later Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the NSC, was removed from his job and escorted off White House grounds.

McCarthy said Vindman has been moved to the Pentagon into a temporary role with the Army’s headquarters, and is expected to attend “a senior service college,” the news outlet reported.

Vindman’s twin brother, Army Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, was also removed from his position as a lawyer on the NSC though he did not testify against the president. Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has said the brothers weren’t fired, nor were they retaliated against. He called their escort off White House grounds a “standard procedure,” Stars and Stripes reported.

Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland was also ousted, hours after the move against Vindman.

Vindman, 44, a 20-year Army veteran, was born in the Soviet Union-run Ukraine and immigrated to the United States at age 4. He was awarded a Purple Heart in 2004 for injuries he sustained in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, Stars and Stripes noted.

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