After a series of inflammatory tweets from President Trump aimed at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, US officials told The Wall Street Journal that the US Army is monitoring the security of the impeachment witness and his family. Officials say they are ready to move them all to a military base safe location if needed.
Vindman has been in the spotlight after being listed as one of the people who listened in on Trump’s calls with the Ukranian president in which Trump asked for a favor. Of course, now we know that favor involved investigating Joe Biden and his son on accusations of corruption. The president called Vindman a “Never Trumper” and insisted he was politically opposed to the Trump administration. Vindman expressed his concern over the call with National Security Counsel lawyers, and spoke to the House Intelligence Committee about the call in a closed-door hearing several weeks ago.
Vindman addressed the call and his concerns with National Security Counsel lawyers and then, in a private hearing a few weeks ago, he spoke to the House Intelligence Committee.
The Army has recently conducted an assessment of the safety and security of Vindeman and his family’s home, as well as their online presence, and told The Wall Street Journal that they were fully ready and able to move the family if they feel that there are any threats to them.
Vindman was a key figure in Tuesday’s impeachment hearings where he said “there was no doubt” that Trump was doing exactly what he said- asking President Vladimir Zelensky to exchange an investigation into the Biden family for an official state visit to the White House. The thought is that the White House visit would boost Zelensky’s political reputation.
“I was concerned by the call. What I heard was inappropriate… it is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent.”Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
Vindman, wearing his dress military uniform, spoke to his father before his testimony, saying, “Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth.”
When pressed on why he wanted to do this, he said, “This is America. This is the country I’ve served and defended, that all of my brothers have served, and here, right matters.” At the end of his eloquent statement, he was given a standing ovation.