Impeachment Witness Alexander Vindman 'Escorted' From White House

Headline Roundup February 7th, 2020

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council staff member who was called as a witness by Democrats in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, was 'escorted' from the White House today, according to a statement from his lawyer. He testified during November's House impeachment inquiry, saying the president's conduct in dealing with Ukraine was "improper."

As of early Friday evening, left- and center-rated outlets reported more broadly on the news than right-rated sources. Some right-leaning coverage framed the apparent firing as justified; some left-leaning voices focused more on the statement from Vindman's lawyer, who said Trump had enacted "revenge."

Impeachment Witness Alexander Vindman 'Escorted' From White House

From the Center
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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Ukraine expert at the National Security Council who became a star witness in the House impeachment hearings on President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, was escorted out of the White House on Friday, his lawyer said, adding Trump had "decided to exact revenge."

"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. LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth," David Pressman of...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

“Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth,” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified in November, during the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign against Ukraine.

But now that the Senate has delivered the president “total acquittal” on two articles of impeachment, a triumphant Trump is apparently seeking vengeance. And Vindman appears to be his first target.

Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He testified that he found the...

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From the Right
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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has been fired from the National Security Council and escorted out of the White House.

“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," Vindman's attorney released in a statement.

Vindman's ousting comes as part of a restructuring of the NSC, which has been in the works for months.

Last year Vindman testified...

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