President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday the Pentagon conduct a review of the behavior of a former White House National Security advisor who played a central role in the political trial he was subjected to and consider taking disciplinary action against him.
Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, who until last week was assigned by the Pentagon to the White House, testified before the House of Representatives political trial panel that Trump inappropriately pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Your son, Hunter.
Vindman was fired Friday from his job at the White House National Security Council, just two days after the Senate acquitted Trump of charges of abuse of authority and obstruction of justice. It will be reassigned by the Pentagon.RELATED
Trump has already been heavily criticized for the departure of Vindman and other officials who testified against him at the political trial hearings.
Questioned about whether he wanted Vindman to face disciplinary measures, Trump said army officers “can handle it however they want,” but he also hinted that he expected commanders to review the conduct of the military decorated with 20 years of experience.
“That depends on the army,” Trump said. “We will have to see. I imagine that, without a doubt, they will take a look ”.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper was asked hours before what the Pentagon would do to ensure that Vindman does not face reprisals.
“We protect all our members from reprisals or things like that,” Esper said.
His twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, also served on the National Security Council and was dismissed from his position. It will be assigned to the General Council of the Army.
Vindman’s lawyer did not respond at the moment to a request for comment.