A key witness in the impeachment inquiry, who works at the White House, will likely be removed from his post.
While speaking on CBS Sunday, National Security adviser Robert O’Brien said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and dozens of others working on the National Security Council will be reassigned back to the departments they came from.
Vindman was detailed from the Defense Department to work at the White House, but O’Brien said the council has more than enough people on its staff and will be rotating people out. When asked if the move was a form of retaliation, the National Security adviser was quick to shut-down that assertion.
“I never retaliate against anyone…there will be a point for everyone who is detailed there that their detail will come to an end, they’ll go back to their agency,” said O’Brien.
“And what we want them to do is take the experience and skills they learned at the White House, take it back to their departments and agencies, and do an even better job there,” O’Brien added.
#NEW: NSA Robert O’Brien says Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a top witness in the House impeachment inquiry, will be removed from his post at the White House National Security Council. pic.twitter.com/WkT4olZIM0
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) November 10, 2019
Vindman was on the infamous Ukraine phone call and testified that he contacted a White House lawyer about what he heard on the president’s call with Ukraine’s leader.
Read what the Washington Examiner wrote:
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman expects to serve out the remainder of his time on the National Security Council, according to his attorney.
“He is still there,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
Multiple reports Sunday claimed Vindman, who gave sworn testimony for the House impeachment effort against President Trump, would be removed from the National Security Council.
These reports hinged on a Face the Nation interview on CBS in which national security adviser Robert O’Brien was asked if Vindman would remain on the National Security Council after testifying against the president. O’Brien said, “Everyone who’s detailed at the NSC, people are going … back to their own departments, and we’ll bring in new folks.”
In other words, the Twitter account for Face the Nation blared, “VINDMAN OUT AT NSC: After testifying on the Hill, NSA O’Brien says Alexander Vindman will be removed from the National Security Council.” Obviously, they couldn’t resist pushing the outrage mobs even further into insanity.
Other outlets followed suit with similar reports and verified Twitter users with hundreds of thousands of followers announced that Vindman had been fired.
But Vindman’s lawyer, Michael Volkov, dismissed anything out of the ordinary was being done to his client. Volkov told CBS News that Vindman “still has a job — his detail ends in July 2020.”