Army will not investigate Vindman, despite Trump calling for disciplinary action
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman will not be investigated by the Army after being ousted from the National Security Council following his testimony against President Donald Trump. This report comes from a top leader in the Army, Secretary Ryan McCarthy.
Despite calls for investigation and disciplinary action by President Donald Trump, it appears as though Vindman will not be subjected to that just yet, or at all.
Trump wanted Vindman investigated and punished by the Army for "horrible things" he said during interviews/testimony regarding Trump's call with the Ukrainian President, Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky.
McCarthy on Friday downplayed Vindman’s return to the Army, saying he simply returned to the service a few months earlier than planned and would have a “bridging assignment” for a couple of months in the Army’s headquarters office in Washington.
“Then he will be heading to a senior service college this summer. There’s no investigation into him,” McCarthy said at a National Press Club luncheon. (Politico)
Vindman was already set to leave the position at the NSC and likely is not bothered about getting released early. His twin brother was let go as well.
However, it should be noted that a member of the NSC says the Vindman twins were not actually fired.
National security adviser Robert O'Brien says there was "absolutely" no retaliation against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his twin brother, who were removed from their White House jobs last week in fallout from President Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal.
"Number one," O'Brien said, speaking to the Atlantic Council on Tuesday night, "they weren't fired." (CNN)
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Trump may issue a response on Twitter after learning more about Vindman and the lack of investigation/disciplinary action from the Army. Twitter is his preferred means of social media communication.