Vindman Admits Lying in Impeachment Testimony, Quits Army

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is quitting the US Army. Vindman lied while testifying to an impeachment hearing about a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelenskiy. Vindman had been an important member of the national security establishment. Vindman has admitted that his account of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky was not accurate. The phone call in question covered Trump’s offer to help Zelensky make important reforms to strengthen democracy and fight corruption.

Vindman’s account was an important pillar of the impeachment debacle, but he now says of his testimony that, “That’s, that’s maybe that’s a bit of a–it’s not entirely accurate.”

Should Vindman be in jail for perjury?

Trump tweeted about Vindman’s admission that “Fake news CNN and MSDNC keep talking about ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was. He was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly, and was given a horrendous report by his superior … who publicly stated that Vindman had problems with judgment, adhering to the chain of command, and leaking information. In other words, ‘out.’”

Vindman was fired from the post of US National Security Council director for European Affairs and escorted out of the White House in February.

Now, Vindman has announced on Twitter that, “I officially requested retirement from the U.S. Army, an organization I love. My family and I look forward to the next chapter of our lives.”

Supporters attempt to defend Vindman’s lies

 

Vindman’s lawyer, Jenner and Block LLP partner David Pressman, has attempted to paint the disgraced officer as a victim, saying, “Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force Lt. Col Vindman to choose between adhering to the law or pleasing a president. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career [and] between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers, these are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it.”

Democrats like wide-eyed Russiagate nothing-burger chef Adam Schiff have chimed in claiming, “It should not have ended this way [and] you should not have been subjected to bullying and retaliation from this president. I hope that you are able to reflect on these events, unprecedented as they are, and find solace in knowing that you did the right thing [and] that you told the truth that you served your nation faithfully, honorably, and courageously once again in her hours of need.”

Like it or not, Vindman has openly admitted that he deliberately misled Congress.