Pelosi: Vindman Firing Shows Trump 'Fears the Truth'
House speaker mourns Schiff's star witness
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that President Donald Trump’s removal of impeachment star witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council (NSC) was “shameful," before she reiterated the president is “impeached forever," despite his acquittal.
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and National Security Council aid Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman were both fired by the Trump admin on Friday night.
Vindman was removed from the NSC on Friday and was one the Democrats’ prime impeachment witnesses.
Vindman’s attorney, David Pressman, said in a statement following his removal:
"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."
Pelosi releases a statement on Friday, calling the move a “brazen act of retaliation.”
"Lieutenant Colonel Vindman has proven to be an American patriot: on the battlefield when he earned a Purple Heart, and in the House trial when he spoke truth to power. His brave testimony showed America that right still matters.
"President Trump is impeached forever. The shameful firing of Colonel Vindman was a clear and brazen act of retaliation that showcases the President’s fear of the truth.
"The President’s vindictiveness is precisely what led Republican Senators to be accomplices to his cover-up.
"The firing of this patriotic soldier is a sad and shameless loss for America’s security.
"History will remember Lieutenant Colonel Vindman as an American hero."
Biden just had probably his most memorable moment of this campaign, calling on attendees at the #democraticdebate to stand in support of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was fired today from the National Security Council. pic.twitter.com/XcoXgsk9N6— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) February 8, 2020
Last year, Vindman admitted that he fabricated details from the president's phone call with Ukraine's leader during an official summary of the conversation.Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman admits he made up elements of President Donald Trump’s call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Vindman’s lawyer said in a statement that there was “no question in the mind of any American” that his client had been fired for testifying against the president at the impeachment inquiry.
Vindman’s twin brother, Yevgeny, was also removed from his post at the NSC, it was reported on Friday.
The complaint, based only on hearsay, alleged that Trump asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for political investigations – including involving former Vice President Joe Biden's family -- at the same time U.S. military aid for the ally was stalled.
The call's transcript shows no such conversation took place, and US aid was never mentioned.
Democrats expressed outrage over the dismissals.
“Those who suggested President Trump’s behavior would improve following his impeachment have been proven wrong,” said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.