Earlier, we reported that the president had fired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, as well as had him escorted from the White House like a common criminal. The war heroes twin brother was also fired and removed. Vindman testified against Trump regarding the Ukraine scandal, and what he said didn’t make Trump look too good.
Now, we are learning that Trump has fired a second witness in the impeachment inquiry that led to the trial. Gordon Sondland was another name that made headlines last year when he testified, giving his knowledge of how the president broke the law by asking Ukraine to investigate his political rival ahead of an election. Sondland famously testified that “everyone was in the loop,” as far as Ukraine was concerned.
BREAKING: Trump just fired Gordon Sondland. Hours after firing the Vindman brothers and having them escorted out of the White House. Trump is out of control.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 8, 2020
Sondland released the following statement late Friday:
“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States ambassador to the European Union. I am grateful to President Trump for having given me the opportunity to serve, to Secretary Pompeo for his consistent support, and to the exceptional and dedicated professionals at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. I am proud of our accomplishments. Our work here has been the highlight of my career.”
Donald Trump's day so far:
– Fires the Vindman twins
– Fires Gordon Sondland
– Saturday Night Massacre in full effect
– Is this Trump's idea of winning?
– This is just petty revenge
– It means Trump is losing
– Trump is going to prison
– It's still only 7pm
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) February 8, 2020
According to The Daily Wire:
Sondland provided damaging testimony against Trump in the House impeachment inquiry, saying during a public hearing that “everyone was in the loop” about the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president’s political rivals.
Republicans have emboldened Trump, and there is nothing to stop him from exacting revenge on his enemies.
He will go after Joe Biden, the state of New York, Lt. Col. Vindman, Gordon Sondland, Marie Yovanovitch, Mitt Romney, and anyone who might try to hold him accountable.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 8, 2020
As we reported earlier:
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a war hero who testified against Trump in the impeachment inquiry, gave his firsthand account of what went down during the Ukraine scheme, and how the president broke the law.
Thank you LTC Vindman for giving us a living example of the Army values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. If only the commander-in-chief exhibited even one of them.#VindmanIsAPatriot pic.twitter.com/D4bOP8S1Q2
— VoteVets (@votevets) February 7, 2020
According to Vindman’s attorney, the National Security Council official and veteran was escorted from the White House on Trump’s orders Friday afternoon. Attorney David Pressman told the media that:
“LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy.”
Where are the Vindman brothers heading? Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman is going to Office of General Counsel at Army at the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is going to work at the Pentagon until he heads to war college on July 1.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 7, 2020
According to Vindman’s attorney, Trump “decided to exact revenge” on Vindman, “buoyed by the silent, the pliable, and the complicit.”
According to The Washington Times:
Lt. Col. Vindman’s testimony supported Democrats’ accusations that Mr. Trump pressured Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call last July to announce a corruption investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden.
Mr. Trump told reporters Friday that the decision is up to the NSC.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 7, 2020
Washington Times continues:
White House National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien, who is leading a reform effort, told The Washington Times in an exclusive interview in December that 40 to 45 NSC staff officials were sent back in recent months to the agencies where they originally worked, with more likely to be moved out. He said it’s part of a plan to improve efficiency.
History will remember Trump as the first President to receive bipartisan votes for impeachment, while Lt. Col. Vindman will go down in history as a hero. #VindmanIsAHero
— Ms. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) February 7, 2020
The president referred to Lt. Col. Vindman on Thursday while taking a victory lap over his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial.
What did Trump say about him, you may be asking, well, you try and figure it out:
“Lieutenant Colonel Vindman and his twin brother — right? — we had some people that — really amazing.”
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) February 7, 2020
Vindman’s attorney offered up this bit of defense for Lt. Col. Vindman, even though he has earned the respect of every American and should get it:
“He has spoken publicly once, and only pursuant to a subpoena from the United States Congress. There is no question in the mind of any American why this job man’s job is over, why this country now has one less soldier serving it at the White House. LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. His honor, his commitment to right, frightened the powerful.”
Lt. Colonel Vindman is the very best of America:
– Combat Vet of Iraq
– Purple Heart
– National Security Council
– Told the truth
Donald J. Trump is the very worst.
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) February 7, 2020
“The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career and his privacy. He did what any member of our military is charged with doing every day. He followed orders, he obeyed his oath, and he served his country, even when doing so was fraught with danger and personal peril.”
This is a disgrace. https://t.co/Z279hztyj7
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) February 7, 2020
Vindman’s lawyer ends his statement with:
“LTC Alexander Vindman leaves the White House today. But we must not accept the departure of truth duty and loyalty that he represents. In this country right matters, and so does the truth. Truth is not partisan. If we allow truthful voices to be silenced, if we ignore their warnings, eventually there will be no one left to warn us.”
REMINDER: Vindman's first-hand account of the July 25 phone call in which Trump connected Ukraine aid to Biden investigations was corroborated by the White House itself. He's transparently being retaliated against for telling the truth. https://t.co/oBEeyXhnWV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 7, 2020