National Security Council’s Alexander Vindman could be first fired in post-impeachment purge

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman could be fired in post-impeachment purge

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A national security official who testified against President Donald Trump during the impeachment inquiry could be reassigned as early as today, multiple news outlets reported.

The White House is considering shifting Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to a position within the Department of Defense, The Washington Post and Bloomberg reported early Friday morning.

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Vindman, a National Security Council aide who testified during House impeachment proceedings that ended in acquittal for Trump on Wednesday, had already intimated to superiors at the NSC his plans to leave his post by the close of February, The Post reported.

The move to oust Vindman more quickly is expected to be portrayed by the White House as strictly NSC downsizing and not retaliation for his testimony, Bloomberg reported.

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Eastern European affairs on the National Security Council, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. The hearings are looking into whether Trump used military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigations that would benefit him politically. /UPI- PHOTOGRAPH BY UPI / Barcroft Media
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Eastern European affairs on the National Security Council, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. The hearings are looking into whether Trump used military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigations that would benefit him politically. /UPI- PHOTOGRAPH BY UPI / Barcroft Media (Kevin Dietsch/UPI / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)