President Donald Trump extracted his revenge on those who came against him and the price they paid was heavy.
On Friday President Donald Trump finally had his vengeance on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland who testified against him in the House impeachment inquiry.
The Ukraine born Vindman and his twin brother Yevgeny were bother fired from their positions in the National Security Council and escorted from the White House.
Vindman’s attorney, and many Democrats, were irate about the firings and compared it to former President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.
“There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House,” David Pressman, an attorney for the brothers, said. “LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful.”
Pressman said that Yevgeny was let go “suddenly and with no explanation, despite over two decades of loyal service to this country.”
Vindman will continue working for the Pentagon but his new role has not yet been defined.
“We welcome back all of our service members, wherever they serve, to any assignment they are given. We can confirm that both Lt. Cols. Vindman have been reassigned to the Department of the Army, out of respect for their privacy, we will not be providing any further information at this time,” Mark Esper, the United States defense secretary, said.
Sondland was more forgiving in his statement that followed his firing. “I was advised today that the President intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Sondland said in his statement.
“I am grateful to President Trump for having given me the opportunity to serve, to Secretary Pompeo for his consistent support, and to the exceptional and dedicated professionals at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. I am proud of our accomplishments. Our work here has been the highlight of my career,” he said.
The firings drew the ire of House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Rep. Adam Schiff, the head House impeachment manager.
“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,” Pelosi said.
“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,” the Speaker said.
“Lt. Col. Vindman did his job. As a soldier in Iraq, he received a Purple Heart. Then he displayed another rare form of bravery — moral courage. He complied with a subpoena and told the truth. He upheld his oath when others would not. Right matters to him. And to us,” Schiff said on Twitter.
“President Trump is exacting his retribution, removing those who complied with subpoenas, came forward, and testified about his misconduct. These are the actions of a man who believes he is above the law — Precisely the kind of conduct Congressional Republicans enabled,” the representative said.
They can whine and complain all they want to. But in other nations people who plot against the leader face prison or execution.
They should be grateful that they are in the United States where all they got was fired after attempting to remove the duly elected president.