Two days after Trump’s acquittal, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council staffer whose testimony about President Donald Trump at House impeachment hearings angered the president, was escorted out of the White House.
Trump “has decided to exact revenge,” Vindman’s lawyer, David Pressman, said in a statement at the time.
Trump had previously signaled his displeasure with Vindman, who had expressed concerns about Trump’s July 25 call asking Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to “look into” the Bidens.
“I’m not happy with” the NSC staffer, Trump said, hours before Pressman revealed Vindman’s departure from the White House.
Later Friday, Yevgeny Vindman, Alexander’s twin brother, who also worked at the NSC but didn’t testify at the impeachment proceedings, was escorted out of the White House.
At the White House on Wednesday, Trump said of Alexander Vindman, “We sent him on his way to a much different location and the military can handle him any way they want.”
Pressed on whether Vindman should face disciplinary action by the military, Trump said, “if you look at what happened, I mean, they’re going to certainly, I would imagine, take a look at that.”