President Trump waited barely 48 hours after his acquittal by the U.S. Senate to exact revenge against witnesses who gave sworn testimony to Congress about the administration’s withholding of military assistance to Ukraine. The retaliation was raw, in the open and reminiscent of the purges seen in an authoritarian regime that equates truth telling with disloyalty.
First to go Friday was Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official who had testified in the House impeachment inquiry that he flagged a White House lawyer about what he regarded as Trump’s improper call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy. Next out was his twin brother Yevgeny, who served as a senior lawyer on the NSC.
Vindman had listened in on that July 25 phone call between the two presidents.